Face Transplant Patient Doesn’t Get A 2nd Look Now

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File photo of a surgeon. (Photo by JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a surgeon. (Photo by JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia man who received a full-face transplant says he is now able to walk past people without a second look.

Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va. was injured in a gun accident in 1997 and said he rarely left home afterward, shopping at night so he wouldn’t be stared at. Now, he is finally coming out of hiding.

Norris received the face transplant in a 36-hour operation in March. It included the replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck. Norris told The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/ViQ7Yi) he has been doing well and has been regaining his speech, which is improving daily.

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