Full-face transplant recipient speaks the media - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Full-face transplant recipient speaks the media

This will make you want to hug your children and count your blessings.  Today in Boston, a year after becoming the first recipient of a full face transplant, Dallas Weins spoke to the media.

You remember, he was severely disfigured in 2008 when he came in contact with an active power line. Now doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital say he has regained his sense of smell and has sensation in his face.  He remains blind with prosthetic eyes, and has some trouble with speech because he has no teeth.  

Dallas told the media today that he is grateful to have resumed an almost "normal" life. "I am, as was one of my desires, able to feel my daughter's kisses now, which brought me to tears on more than one occasion."

Dallas said he is also grateful that his little girl tells him they can go in public now without people staring like they used to. There have only been four full face transplants performed in the United States, but doctors are hoping to help more patients as they learn more about the procedure.

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