FACE TRANSPLANT and A COURAGEOUS MAN
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)