A Spanish man, who was left unable to breathe or eat without assistance after accidentally shooting himself in the face five years ago, was the first successful recipient of a full face transplant!
The procedure, led by Dr. Joan Pere Barrett, apparently took a full 24 hour, and involved lifting an entire face (including cheekbones, teeth, and muscle) and moving it onto the man, and he is expected to get up 90% of all facial functions back!
Although his body has since attempted to reject the face twice, it was successfully saved with medication, and he's being sent home to finish his recovery!
The patient's sister reveals that her brother is looking forward to doing "little things, like walking down the street without anyone looking at him, or sitting down for a meal with his family. Doing things that all of us do on a normal day."
We never stop being amazed at what modern science can help us accomplish.
We wish the man nothing but the best and hope that the rest of his recovery period goes by smoothly!
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