Richard Lee Norris had received a face transplant in 2012 for recovering his severely wounded face. It has been one year now and the life of the man has changes totally.
In fact, the surgery has proved to be ground-breaking for researchers. They have been hoping to help soldiers as well with this technique as they got wounded from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
For a period of 15 long years, Norris used to live hiding his face, which was gun-shot-shattered, from one and all. It has been found that he used to wear a mask for the same whenever he had to go out of his house. Even while shopping at late night, the man hid his face so that children or adults could not stare at him.
As per the findings, it was a 36-hour-surgery that he received last year the University of Maryland's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The same comprised facial tissue from hairline to the neck base, upper and lower jaws and the teeth as well as a tongue portion.
"It's the most comprehensive face transplant in medical history", said the chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez. The report said that the doctor kept on telling the patient that some things were to be figured out before conducting the surgery.