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Saturday, 2 June 2012
Pictures: Most expensive facial transplant surgery
picture showing Norris before the accident, after and now. the skull shows the reconstruction
According to Skynews, A man injured in a gun accident 15 years ago has been given a new face,
tongue, teeth and jaw in what surgeons claim is the world's most comprehensive
Richard Norris, 37, was shot in the face in 1997 and lost his nose, lips and
most of the movement in his mouth. Since then he has undergone multiple life-saving and reconstructive surgeries
but he did not feel he could return to society. He wore a prosthetic nose and a mask even when entering hospital for the transplant.
But last week, during a 36-hour operation, University of Maryland doctors gave him a
new face from an anonymous donor whose organs saved five other patients' lives
on the same day.