One year later: Full face transplant recipient reflects on life
Dallas Wiens reflects Monday about the outcome of his full face transplant.
April 2nd, 2012
05:36 PM ET

One year later: Full face transplant recipient reflects on life

“I go out all the time with my family, my friends, my little girl. I don't to worry about what anyone else is going to think," said 26-year old Dallas Wiens, the nation's first recipient of a full facial transplant.

In 2008, Wiens' head hit a high-voltage electrical wire in Fort Worth, Texas, leaving him without any facial features. Monday marks the first anniversary of his life-changing facial transplant operation at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Take a look at how Wiens looks now and how he feels about life after surgery.

And last month, another transplant recepient, Richard Lee Norris, received a face transplant surgery to heal his gunshot wounds.  See how he's recovering in this "gotta watch" video clip.

Face transplant patient reflects on life

One year ago, a team of nearly 30 doctors in Boston performed a 17-hour surgery on Dallas Wiens. The full facial transplant recipient said the best part of life after surgery is his renewed relationship with his daughter.

Groundbreaking face transplant surgery

Dallas Wiens' story comes just days after an extensive face transplant at the University of Maryland, where 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris is now recovering. The Virginia man was injured in a gun accident and had been wearing a mask for years to cover his facial injuries.

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  1. Yakobi

    Dear CNN:
    Since when is "gotta" a word?

    April 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigdmck

      When directly quoting a person, it doesn't matter if it's a word or not. It's called "sic."

      April 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ladydi

    Oh stop nitpicking over such stupid things!!!

    April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gregory

    New face – new life

    October 17, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
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