Man shows off first U.S. full face transplant
A Texas cherry picker who burned his face off after his head touched an electrical wire showed off his new face on Monday as doctors presented the first U.S. full face transplant recipient.
Wearing black sunglasses and a dark goatee beard, Dallas Wiens, 26, appeared at a press conference alongside doctors who performed the operation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the northeastern city of Boston.
“To me the face feels natural, as it if has become my own,” said Mr. Wiens, acknowledging that he still feels numb in some places and needs to continue rehabilitation work to rebuild nerve function.
Photo: Face transplant patient Dallas Wiens is seen before (L) his transplant and after (R) in this combination handout image released to Reuters on May 9, 2011. (Parkland Health and Hospital System/Lightchaser Photography/Reuters)