Richard Norris’s face transplant, one that surgeons say is the most comprehensive facial reconstructions ever attempted, has been deemed a success, allowing the 37-year-old man to emerge from behind a mask 15 years after a gun accident almost killed him.
Richard Norris of Hillsville, Virginia, was shot in the face in 1997 and lost his nose, lips and most movement in his mouth. Since then, he has had multiple life-saving and reconstructive surgeries but none could repair him to the extent where he felt he could return to society. He wore a prosthetic nose and a mask even when entering hospital for the transplant.
After a 36-hour operation, doctors from the University of Maryland Medical Center gave him a new face from an anonymous donor whose organs saved five other patients’ lives on the same day in what the centre called “the most extensive full face transplant completed to date…
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