Tuesday, November 17, 2015
From Fire Rescue 1: A 41-year-old volunteer firefighter, who was disfigured while trying to save people from a structure fire 14 years ago, received one of the "most extensive" facial transplants in history.
FOX8 reported that firefighter Patrick Hardison, a fire captain from Senatobia, Miss., has undergone over 70 surgeries to recreate the face that was burned off while fighting a mobile home fire in 2001.
Doctors attempted to help him after the incident by taking skin from his thighs to help create a face. They put posts in his skull to hang prosthetic ears, turned his lips inside out to give him new ones, but Hardison said nothing was enough to keep him from scaring the neighborhood kids.
Hardison also said his three kids were terrified of him.
Hardison received a face transplant from 26-year-old David Rodebaugh, a mechanic who died after a bike accident in July. Doctors contacted Hardison to let him know Rodebaugh may be a potential face donor.
Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed the operation, but said the jugular was not a perfect match and Hardison lost a lot of blood.
Hardison will have to take medicine for the rest of his life so his body doesn’t reject the new face. Of the 30 face transplants to date, five patients have died, according to the report. Hardison, who will spend the rest of his life in constant pain, said he “can live with the pain” to have a face of his own. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/28841018-Burned-firefighter-receives-mans-face-in-transplant
Modern medicine sure has come a long way since I was born, back in the day of the dinosaur.
And it medicine has improved so much in the last 5 years.