Dallas Wiens talks on recovery from full face transplant
TEXAS -- It's been three months since Dallas Wiens underwent groundbreaking surgery and he says it's changed his life.
Brigham and Women's surgeons completed the 15 hour surgery and now Wiens is talking about his recovery since returning home to Texas.
A new face and a new life for 26-year-old Dallas Wiens.
The scars from the nation’s first full face transplant, performed by Brigham and Women's surgeons, are healing. The swelling has gone down, his hair, also the donor's, is growing and Dallas' dream of regaining feeling in his face has come true.
"I can feel from here down and from here down. Just a light touch, including on my lips," said Wiens.
He is breathing through his nose, smelling and tasting -- he's living.
"I still drink,” said Wiens. "I do drink beer. Shiner mostly."
Teeth and prosthetic eyes are next.
Even though he has several surgeries ahead of him, Dallas is upbeat.
“I am much happier today than I was six months ago,” said Wiens.
Wiens heads back to Boston to Brigham and Women's Hospital in a few weeks and doctors will correct his mouth where it droops. They are also going to remove some excess skin around his neck.
In the meantime, he is writing a book on his life that he expects to have finished by this time next year.
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