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Face Transplant *****UPDATE*****

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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This is my uncle's news story after his transplant surgery.... please keep him in your prayers during his recovery process...<3

***UPDATE***** - please continue to pray for him, he isn't doing too well right now :( We took one giant leap forward and a giant leap back :( He has swelled up and running a fever...and a few other things are going wrong :(




Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center spoke publicly about the nation’s most comprehensive face transplant during a news conference Tuesday.

Richard Norris, 37, received the complete face transplant, which included upper and lower jaw bones, teeth, a portion of the tongue and soft tissue from the hairline to the neck – over the course of 36 hours, starting on March 19.

Norris, of Hillsville, Va., who was injured in a gun accident in 1997, had lost his lips and nose and had limited use of his mouth, according to doctors. He had undergone multiple surgeries prior to the transplant.

“A full composite maxillo-facial transplant also includes subcutaneous tissue and muscles and the nerves that innovate or move those muscles, which gives your face expression, provide sensation and also the bony structure that goes along the face – so it’s all the way through,” said Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, associate professor of surgery at Maryland’s School of Medicine and chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, who led the transplant with more than 150 doctors, nurses and hospital staff assisting.

Rodriguez said when he first met with Norris, his severe injuries prevented him from being a fully-integrated member of society.

“He was living behind a mask, living as a recluse,” Rodriguez said. “He did his shopping at night. He went through rigorous psychological testing, and he will continue to be followed for many years to make sure he’s fully integrated into society.”

Rodriguez said Norris was recovering better than he expected, and was already using a mirror to shave, moving his tongue. He is on a clear-liquid diet.

Some additional “nip/tucks” would still need to be done in the near future, but they would be outpatient procedures, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the donor also donated several other organs, saving the lives of many people.

This is the 23rd face transplant performed around the world. Several face transplants have been performed in the U.S., including three full-face transplants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Those transplants, which were performed on Dallas Wiens and Charla Nash, were detailed in a 2011 issue of New England Journal of Medicine.

Rodriguez said this transplant differed from those in that it included the donor’s teeth and tongue and soft tissue ranging from the hairline to the clavicle. He added that the skeletal dimensions were larger, too.

The medical center said it has been researching face transplants for 10 years with grants from the Office of Naval Research and Department of Defense.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/27/virginia-man-37-receives-first-comprehensive-face-transplant/#ixzz1qN5HWYgU

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lanceandhailey
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

 I just read about this yesterday, I hope all goes well!

meradoll
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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Quoting lanceandhailey:

 I just read about this yesterday, I hope all goes well!

Thank you! He is recovering much better than anticipated... I hope it continues that way

flowerfunleah
by Leah on Apr. 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Thats amazing!!

How does he feel about it?

BaBeezandMe
by CakeChic on Apr. 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

 he is still a beautiful survivor!!  I continue to pray for him and your entire family!!

praying and hugging

lanceandhailey
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

 I probably shouldn't even ask, and you don't have to say...I was just wondering what happened? I know it says gun accident, but nothing more...

meradoll
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM


Quoting lanceandhailey:

 I probably shouldn't even ask, and you don't have to say...I was just wondering what happened? I know it says gun accident, but nothing more...

I'm not actually permitted to say... the story is that he "saw a gun laying up against a glass gun cabinet in the house and opened it to put the gun up properly and it discharged" -.-;

meradoll
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM


Quoting BaBeezandMe:

 he is still a beautiful survivor!!  I continue to pray for him and your entire family!!

praying and hugging

Thank you :)

meradoll
by Member on Apr. 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM


Quoting flowerfunleah:

Thats amazing!!

How does he feel about it?

He was shocked at how much more "human" he looked as he put it. He touched his face and couldn't believe it, couldn't remember when the last time was that he could feel his chin and nose and lips. Sad to say he feels like he fits into society now....I say "sad to say" because it is amazing and disheartening to see how people treated him in public all of the time. He used to hide in his room whenever I would bring my boyfriend over or my girl-friends so that they wouldn't judge him... people used to say very hurtful things to him...its sad to know that so many people in the world cannot truly accept someone's image.

Kmakksmom
by Stefanie on Apr. 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM

That's awesome! 

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I read about this and it sure is amazing what technology can do.

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