Full Face Transplant

U.S. doctors complete most extensive full-face transplant

By QMI Agency

Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va., was taken at his prom (left). In 1997, Norris lost his part of his face in a gun accident. On March 19 and 20, 2012, he underwent a 36-hour operation where a donated face was transplanted onto his own. Doctors at the University of Maryland, where the transplant was done, called it the most extensive full face transplant to date. (University of Maryland/HANDOUT/QMI AGENCY)

The University of Maryland announced Tuesday it completed the most extensive face transplant to date -- including upper and lower jaws, teeth, tongue and facial tissue -- in a 36-hour operation earlier this month.

The patient was 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va., who was injured in a gun accident in 1997. He lost his lips and nose, and had limited use of his mouth. In the 15 years since the accident, he has undergone multiple surgeries.
The doctors said this is the first time in the world a full-face transplant was performed by a team of plastic and reconstructive surgeons with specialized training and expertise in craniofacial surgery and reconstructive microsurgery.
"Our goal is to restore function as well as have esthetically pleasing results," Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez said in a release about the surgery.

The surgery was completed March 19 and 20 and involved a team of physicians and more than 150 nurses and professional staff.
The university said the family of the anonymous donor donated his face and other organs, which saved five lives.

CANOE -- CNEWS - Good News: U.S. doctors complete most extensive full-face transplant

Pretty amazing.
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Thanks for your interesting last couple of threads, SLM! Very interesting reading.

Here are some close ups:

Before: Richard Lee Norris before the tragic shooting accident

After the accident: Mr Norris wasn't happy after 12 plastic surgeries

Now: With his new face, teeth, tongue and jaw after extensive surgery

Read more: Richard Lee Norris face transplant: Gun accident victim given 'amazing' operation by US doctors | Mail Online
You're welcome. And thank you.

It's an amazing restoration! The doctors did an astounding job.

I can't imagine how elated this guy must be right now.
L Gilbert
Pretty cool some of the stuff we homo sapiens are capabler of performing.
The kid looks loads better.
The miracles of medicine thank God they never listened to the religious right and did their experiments and now we our seeing the fruits of their labours.
Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert View Post

Pretty cool some of the stuff we homo sapiens are capabler of performing.

Glimmers of hope, that's all that's needed sometimes.


The kid looks loads better.

I'm sure he feels loads better too.
That 1997 movie, Face/Off, starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, is no longer science fiction.