Face Transplant Patient Recovering Well After 7 Months
When Richard Lee Norris’ doctors talk about the thirty-seven-year-old’s recovery from the full face transplant procedure he underwent seven months ago, they use terms like “functional balance” and “facial harmony”. When Norris talks about it, he beams about his ability to walk down the street without people staring at him and wondering what happened.
Fifteen years ago, a gun accident destroyed most of Norris’ face. Doctors were able to save his life, but he was left disfigured and depressed. He started wearing surgical masks and going to the store at night to avoid the shocked gazes of strangers. You can take a look at what he looked like after the accident below…
On March 20th, 2012, Norris underwent a series of procedures over a thirty-six hour period to replace his tongue, his skin, his teeth and even both of his jaws. Muscle tissue was also added to his head and neck to maintain a sense of balance. Within days, he was up and walking around. In the months since, he’s relearned how to talk, regained motor function and continues to improve each day. Take a look at the handsome devil now…
This is a perfect example of why it’s always good policy to keep fighting, to keep positive momentum going. Norris could have given up a long time ago, but he stuck it out and kept seeking treatment. Here’s to hoping he’s able to begin building the normal life he's always wanted.