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Gun Shot Victim Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant In History

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After hiding his disfigured face behind a mask for 15 years, Richard Lee Norris finally has a fresh start with a fresh face.

The Virginia man lost his nose, lips, and most movement in his mouth when he accidentally shot himself in the face in 1997, but a team of over 100 medical experts at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center gave him the most extensive face transplant in history on March 19th.

Plastic surgeons miraculously used facial tissue from his hairline to his neck, a new upper and lower jaw, teeth, and a portion of a tongue to give Richard a new look. Just 3 days after the 36-hour surgery, he's already moving his jaw, brushing his teeth, and shaving!

Chief surgeon Dr. Edwardo D. Rodriguez told sources:

“This accidental injury just destroyed everything. The rest of his friends and colleagues went on to start getting married, having children, owning homes. He wants to make up for all of that. He’s been living behind a mask. This is clearly a transforming event.”

It's pretty much a modern miracle and we couldn't be happier that this guy can finally try to live a normal life. Congratulations on the groundbreaking procedure and we wish Richard the best of luck as he continues his recovery!

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Ten Tips To Kick The Common Cold To The Curb

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Common Cold to the curb

The average adult catches a cold three times a year that usually lasts an average of 9 days. That's 27 miserable days out of your year wasted!

However, experts believe fast action can dramatically reduce the amount of time your body is affected by the common cold. Check out ten tips to kick a cold to the curb below!

Drink lots of water and juice! Staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.

Gargle with salt water to flush out bacteria and viruses. According to Philip Hagen, MD, medical editor in chief of Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies, says:

"The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat."

Keep your nose clean and take a hot shower. Studies have found the use of nasal spray immediately after cold symptoms begin may reduce their impact. Warm moisture from a hot shower helps clear nasal passages.

Get medicine ASAP! Take advantage of a pain reliever and fever reducer when symptoms begin. Allergy meds will help calm your runny nose and watery eyes, while also clearing your sinuses and keeping you more alert.

Skip the OTC cough medicine. Apparently, honey works just as well. Medical professionals recommend two tablespoons straight from the jar or stirred into tea.

Stay home from work if you can. Not only is the virus most contagious in the first few days, but your body can fight it off faster if it is well-rested.

Eat Chicken soup. It's not just for the soul. Research suggests it really does help relieve cold symptoms!

Exercise (lightly)! Doctors agree that light exercise can actually boost the immune system, but suggest keeping your heart rate just under 100 to avoid overexertion.

Eat healthy to boost your immune system! Choose protein-heavy meals with lean meat or fish, along with whole-grain sides and antioxidant-rich veggies.

Still feel like shizz? Call your doctor to make sure you don't have anything WORSE than a common cold! Otherwise, keep up this healthy routine for a couple days until the virus disappears.

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