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Gun Accident Victim Gets A New Face (PHOTOS)

A gun accident victim gets a new face.

Richard Norris, 37, was injured in a gun accident in 1997.

Norris lost his nose, lips, and jaw in the accident.

He received facial reconstruction surgery which gave him a new face, teeth, tongue, jaw in a 36-hour surgery performed at the University of Maryland and Medical Center.

Norris lived mostly in hiding in the last 15 years. He would come out wearing a mask or come out only at night time.

After the surgery, he reports that he can now feel his face, brush his teeth and shave. His sense of smell which he lost after the accident came back as well.

“I am now able to walk past people and no one even gives me a second look. My friends have moved on with their lives, starting families and careers. I can now start working on the new life given back to me,” he said.

The new face came from an anonymous donor in March whose organs also saved five other people’s lives.

Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery led the transplant.

Dr. Rodriguez said Norris opened his eyes three days after his surgery and thanked him.

Richard Norris in 1997 before his gun accident

Richard Norris after surgery

Image of what was replaced in Richard Norris’ face

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  • Rayan

    I am so delighted for Richard, what an amazing result!

  • Knijov Dimitri

    Truly amazing! I hope he is happy with the results.

  • Povoloski

    I think he looks gorgeous! I hope it gives him a real confidence boost.

  • Irena

    Ahhh!!! This man looks wonderful! He is quite a handsome man. The surgery is an outstanding success.

  • Favio

    Just pleased to see that!!! There are some truly clever people in the world. I wish Richard all the best for his future.

  • Watson

    Incredible!!!! Such a skilled team of surgeons. Best wishes goes to Richard who I hope can now make up for everything he’s missed out on. Also my thoughts go to the family of the donor that made this and other surgeries possible, what a selfless act!!

  • Elly

    Wow, really great results. I hope this guy can gain his confidence again, and start to live. Well done to the surgeons.

  • Fatema

    Amazing work by a gifted team. Come out from the shadows and live like a young man :)

  • Tittery

    Wow!! This just takes my breath away.. Really unbelievable!!!

  • Adam Kimberlin

    That is really amazing, good for him and his new appearance.

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