Face transplant patient doesn't get a 2nd look now

(AP)—A Virginia man who received a full-face transplant says he's now able to walk past people without a second look.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va. was injured in a gun accident in 1997 and said he rarely left home afterward, shopping at night so he wouldn't be stared at. Now, he's finally coming out of hiding.

Norris received the face transplant in a 36-hour operation in March. It included the replacement of both , teeth, , skin and underlying nerve and from scalp to neck.

Norris told The Washington Post he's been doing well and has been regaining his speech, which is improving daily.

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Complication in first triple limb transplant

Jan 22, 2012

(AP) -- A Turkish doctor whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb transplant - two arms and a leg - says the leg has been removed due to tissue incompatibility. ...

Recommended for you

German Merck to buy St. Louis-based Sigma-Aldrich

8 hours ago

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.

The human race evolved to be fair for selfish reasons

Sep 19, 2014

"Make sure you play fairly," often say parents to their kids. In fact, children do not need encouragement to be fair, it is a unique feature of human social life, which emerges in childhood. When given the o ...

User comments