Dallas Wiens, 26-year-old Texan, was the first full face transplant patient in the US, after he was terribly burned in an electrical accident, losing all facial features including his eyesight.
After more than 15 hours of intense surgery, Wiens would no longer stand out on a street as a man with major deformations. He faced a large group of media during a press conference, looking as normal as can be, wearing sunglasses and a trimmed goatee. As leading surgeon on the case, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac said:
“He was quite literally a man without a face.”
“It feels natural,” said Wiens after receiving new face features from an anonymous donor. “It feels as if it’s my own.”
The operation was paid for by the U.S. military, which hopes to use findings from the procedure to help soldiers with severe facial wounds. (msnbc.msn.com)
Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, according to Vitals.com, is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon. He is also an Associate Director of the Burn Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.