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FACE TRANSPLANT and A COURAGEOUS MAN

Updated on March 22, 2011
Dallas Weins and his little girl
Dallas Weins and his little girl
Dallas has started a foundation he named ABOUT FACE.
Dallas has started a foundation he named ABOUT FACE.
Prior to surgery.
Prior to surgery.

Last week, twenty four year old Dallas Wiens became the recipient of first full face transplant in the US. The operation was performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The medical team consisted of more than 30 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists, working for more than 15 hours.

In November 2008 Wiens was doing some repairs at a church in Forth Worth when he contacted a high voltage electrical wire and was burned. His entire face was burned to the bone. He was rushed to the burn center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with not much hope of surviving.

Since the horror of that day Wiens has endured 22 surgeries. He was left with no face and hopefully the surgery will restore features and bring more normalcy to his life.

Weins is the father of a little girl and has demonstrated unusual courage and determination to go on with his life and make it meaningful. "Everything is a test — a test of your resolve, a test of your faith," he said. Wiens says his accident has taught him to "take joy in all the small things in life."

He remains in the hospital and is talking, walking and eating. The doctors were not able to restore his eyes. When he recovers Weins intends to go to school and he has started a foundation to raise money for his surgery and help other burn victims.

The first full-face transplant was performed in Spain in 2010. Successful partial transplants have been performed in France and US.

(From the websites of The Province. Com and WFAA.com)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the woman who got mauled by her friends monkey, the first full face transplant? Anyway, what a wonder Hub...Is he Blind as well? So glad he is being helped and will get back a little normalcy into his life. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you so much mslizzee for bringing interesting news to us that I otherwise would probably never hear about.

      I believe you are correct that Dallas Weins was the first full face transplant. Charla Nash has undergone surgeries but I believe is still on a waiting list for a full transplant.

      Sharyn

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Thank you for reading my article. According to this article this was the first FULL face transplant and the woman that was mauled is due for one. It's all amazing stuff. He hopes that someday they will figure out how to restore his eyesight. He is very positive.

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