1 year later: Full face transplant recipient speaks out
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Dallas Wiens of Texas spoke out about his life-changing surgery one year after receiving the nation’s first full facial transplant at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“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. I’ve even been told by my family that I hardly get a second looks,” said Wiens.
In 2008, while painting a church, Wien’s head hit a high-voltage electrical wire, leaving him without any facial features.
A team of nearly 30 doctors from Brigham and Women’s Hospital preformed a 17-hour surgery. With numerous follow ups, surgeons say the progress Wiens has made is remarkable.
“Every time that we see him in the clinic he’s doing more things, feeling more sensation. He’s starting to smile and you can see his expressions on his face,” said Chief of Plastic Surgery Dr. Jeffrey Janis.
“All transplant recipients are expected to have a rejection episode, but he’s the only patient in the world who has not had one,” said Director of Plastic Surgery Transplantation, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac.
Wiens says the best part is being able to be a father to his daughter, Scarlette, and being able to feel her kisses.
“She just ran up and gave me a kiss. As soon as she did, I broke into tears, tears of joy obviously, at just how amazing that was,” said Wiens.
Doctors said Wiens is a man that clearly defies all odds. Wiens now has prosthetic eyes and he’s hoping to eventually have teeth implants so he can regain full movement of his mouth.
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