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.