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The American Richard Lee Norris, 37, received a new face for seven months after being disfigured in 1997 in an incident with a firearm.
Now, the University of Maryland presented its new face. surgical operation he underwent was the deepest of its kind conducted to date, as the first pictures emerged after the operation ceased to notice.
Norris received plus a new face, new dentures, tongue and jaw, an intervention that lasted for 36 years. recluído been for years in his home in Hillsville, in Virginia. Now, the last picture, although some scars shows a face normal.
But more than that: Norris regained his sense of smell and can feel the new face, brush your teeth and shave.
Richard Lee Norris, a Virginia man who was severely disfigured after a gun accident in 1997, has made a notable recovery after undergoing the world's fullest face transplant in March.
"People used to stare at me because of my disfigurement," Norris, 37, said in a prepared statement. "Now they can stare at me in amazement and in the transformation I have taken."
Norris' 36-hour transplant of a donor face was one of 23 done worldwide since 2005, and the most recent of six done in the United States, including those of Charla Nash and Dallas Weins.
"If you would have told me 20 years ago, would this be possible? I would say absolutely not," said Norris' surgeon, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez of the University of Maryland Medical Center. "It's hard to imagine it's the same person, isn't it?"
The goal for Norris' transplant, Rodriguez said, was to restore both form and function....
In Norris' case, the transplanted jaw bones contained donor stem cells to help coax his body into accepting the new face. Such an approach was based on a decade of animal research at the University of Maryland transplant team's laboratory...