Dallas Wiens, the nation's first full face transplant recipient, describes how he felt when he learned a face for transplant had become available and then waking up after the surgery and finding that he has lips, a nose, eyebrows, and more. Learn more about the his face transplant procedure at http://www.brighamandwomens.org/About_BWH/publicaffairs/news/facetransplant/facetransplantwiens.aspx.
couple years back what they did here was medically impossible, who knows what might come up in advancements in the future, dont call it done just yet, the guys my age, still got plenty of years to go on him
I'm late buddy. Sorry for that. I've sent an E-Mail to the hosptital where Dallas Wiens got his new face, with the Link of your suggested video. Thanks for that. If this technology advances far enough, it will make many lifes of disabled people better. Thanks again :)
Please watch: Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness
It is possible to restore vision to give a person the ability to, say, see the face of their daughter. We're making amazing progress towards recreating all the things we have naturally, with the aid of biotechnology.
Because he has all of this new tissue that has no feeling yet, his lips, and he has to talk around them for now. He's kind of like a stroke victim at this point until the nerves generate and give him control of his own mouth, at which point he'll be able to talk without the slurring.
When face transplants are completed, you don't resemble how you looked before, or the donor.
It doesn't raise serious ethical questions, because it's just like any other transplant. Heart transplants and face transplants are equally as important.
Sure a heart transplant helps keep you alive... but if your face was seriously disfigured like his was before, could you continue to live? I don't think there are many who could.
Some day we'll see this surgery perfected and they will look amazing.
I totally agree. In fact, I can't believe scientists and doctors can be so seemingly dismissive about the fact that regardless of what people think, those who undergo face transplants, are basically wearing someone else's face. I wonder do the patients who undergo having someone else, who died, face placed on their own - do they ever think of the people whose faces that they have sewed onto their own flesh? Or not? It raises serious ethical questions.
wow that is amazing
when this becomes a well worked out thing for people that lost their face or at least most of it then the relatives of the donor might see their relatives face on a other person which might be hard to take
@CALICOTV301 Those are the same exact things I think of. I don't know if I would be able to go through this surgery for those reasons. Shallow? Maybe but, if I were a member of the donor's family, I don't know if I would be able to handle it. I dunno - I'm on the fence about either argument. It's an amazing procedure - life saving? Maybe, in some aspects but, it's not like a heart transplant or kidney transplant or something like that. Ya know what I mean?
man that guy makes me happy, as well does anyone else who's been seriously disfigured/injured and has been given a second chance of well-deserved, normal life, everyone should watch this video and stop and think about how good their life really is, people like Dallas have faced death, disfigurment and serious injury but have made it through and are living happy, joyous lives.
Its a good thing he cant see because it maybe a shocking site to see what he looks like or what he did at one time look like,Hopefully after some time his vision can be restored after he's used to his new appearence so the shock of everything all at once would be a bit easier.
This is NOT an insult about his eyesight,its just my take on how much harder it would have been with having eyesight while disfigured and the shock of a new face is all I mean to say.
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