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Joel Taylor – 22nd March, 2011

Electrocuted construction worker receives full-face transplant

Construction worker Dallas Wiens, who was left severely disfigured after getting a huge electric shock, has received the world’s second full-face transplant.

Texas construction worker Dallas Wiens last year. He has now received a full face transplant (Pic: EPA)

Dallas Wiens has been given new lips, facial skin, muscles and nerves to control his facial expressions.

More than 30 doctors, nurses and other experts worked on the 25-year-old during the 15-hour operation.

‘The pioneering achievement accomplished by the transplant team is a gift made possible by the most selfless act one human being can do for another, organ donation,’ said Betsy Nable, president at the Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, US.

Mr Wiens had the surgery last week after a high-voltage accident in 2008 seared off most of his face, leaving him blind and without lips, a nose or eyebrows. The father-of-one chatted on the phone with family and is walking, doctors said of his progress.

They expect him to be eating soon with the next major milestone being his return home to Texas.

Family man: Dallas Wiens with his daughter Scarlette (Pic: AP)

Mr Wiens is expected to regain most of the sensation of his forehead and cheek on the right side but surgeons were not able to restore his sight.

‘He is determined to get well and move on with his life and to make something of his life,’ said Mr Wiens’s grandfather Del Peterson,

He spoke of his hopes that more people will donate their faces in future, and thanked the donor, saying: ‘You will forever remain in our hearts and our prayers.’

The world’s first full-face transplant was done in Spain in 2010.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/858749-electrocuted-construction-worker-receives-full-face-transplant#ixzz1HKEqVczI

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