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Monday, July 18, 2011

Transplant recipient accepts his new face

Transplant recipient learns to accept his fate, 

and his new face

Inspiring story!

'To me, it is who I am. It's me,' says Dallas Wiens, who in March received the first full face transplant in the country after an electrical accident in 2008.

Dallas Wiens

From the start, Dallas Wiens has believed that the face he woke up with after surgery was his own.

Not a mask — not the nose, eyelids, lips, hair, skin or gray-tinged beard of another man — but his own face.

Wiens spent three months in a therapeutic coma while his family took turns sitting by his bed. Then one day, while clasping his hand, Sue Peterson unconsciously pushed her grandson's thumb down. He pushed back.

"We had a little thumb war," she said. "I knew from that moment on he was in there."

Always headstrong and stubborn, Wiens drew on those qualities to get him through 22 surgeries, including a 32-hour operation that used tissue from his back to create a featureless "melon" face. Along the way, his daughter, Scarlette, 18 months old at the time of the accident, was his greatest motivation.

When Scarlette saw that new face for the first time, she immediately called her prince handsome.

This month, Wiens will return to Boston for surgery to remove excess skin and revise scar tissue. Later, Wiens hopes to get teeth implants. He learned to speak well with his melon face, but he is not quite used to talking with his new mouth, Peterson said.

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