Written on May 8, 2011 by Ava Gwynn
Full-face transplant recipient Dallas Wiens, with his daughter.
That was the first thing that Dallas Wiens who in March received the first full-face transplant performed in the U.S. was able to smell after that sense was returned to him by a 15-plus hour surgery. Hes now heading home to Texas.
As the Associated Press reports, Wiens appeared at a press conference today at Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, sporting a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor. The 25-year-old was injured in 2008 when he came into contact with a power line.
His physicians say he will continue to improve, though he will remain blind and wont regain full sensation in his face.
Brigham & Womens received a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Defense to fund facial transplants in both military veterans and civilians. As NPRs Shots Blog reports, another man also shocked by a power line received a full-face transplant at the hospital in late April. And the Connecticut woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee in 2009 is on the waiting list for full-face and hand transplants.
We chatted last year with the surgical lead for the Brighams hand-transplant program.
Heres some amazing video of Wiens.
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