United States: Awesome face transplant

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Baltimore, March 28, 2012
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A 37-year-old man received the most extensive face transplant so far which included face, teeth, tongue and jaw.

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Richard Lee Norris had an accident with a gun in 1997 that destroyed his face. Until now he lived with a mask, held and filled with shame for his face after the incident.

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Specialists of University of Maryland Medical Center announced that Richard is recovered successfully from the operation that lasted 72 hours, held last week.

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He can already feel his face and he is brushing his teeth and shaving. He also regained his sense of smell, something he had lost after the accident.

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¬†“See him is a surreal experience. It’s hard not to wonder. Before, people used to look at him because he wore a mask and wanted to see the deformity,” said Eduardo Rodriguez, the chief surgeon. “We now have another reason to look at him and it’s really remarkable,” he added.

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