One year after the first U.S. face transplant is completed, the “man without a face” Dallas Vince can finally kiss his daughter. Vince has lost face as a result of a severe blow by the current. He painted the facade of a local church, standing on a ladder truck crane, when she touched the power line. As a result, Dallas has received severe burns, and doctors had to remove the face with all the tissues, muscles and nerves and then replaced them with tissue from the back.
At first, doctors refused to perform any operations on the face transplant, but later revised his diagnosis and had an unprecedented and successful operation. Now Dallas Vince himself can eat and drink, smells and feels right on the street. He said that special pleasure,now he brings a trip to the cafe for a cup of coffee, while remaining undetected and merging with others.
1. Dallas Vince in a full face transplant (left) and after (right) in the photo, published by Reuters May 9, 2011 Parkland Health and Hospital System (L) / Lightchaser Photography (R)
2. Dallas Vince after the operation meeting his four-year daughter Scarlett. REUTERS / Courtesy of Lightchaser Photography / Handout
3. After the accident he was blind and could only feel the embrace of his four year daughters Scarlett. Now, after the transplant, he can feel and move his mouth, nose, cheeks and forehead. For him the sense of smell has returned, and he can drink without assistance. But most important – is that he can once again feel the kisses of his daughter. REUTERS / Lightchaser Photography.
4. Patient Wins Dallas in December 2010, Dallas, Texas. Plastic Surgeons Clinic «Brigham and Women’s Hospital» First Boston said that the damage is too extensive Means for transplantation the face, but they revised the opinion, when it was discovered that the person still had enough nerve endings. By Courtesy of Parkland Health and Hospital System
5. Because of dozens of skin grafts and blood transfusions, Vince’s immune system became weakened, the chances increases that the body will reject the donor face, estimated at 80%. Still, the doctors decided to take the risk, which will soon come true. By Courtesy of Parkland Health and Hospital System
6. In this photo, Dallas, Vince (left), accompanied by his grandfather, Del Peterson, Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Dallas came to Boston for an operation to transplant the face.