Injured man gets new face

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Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:58 AM
Updated: Mar 27, 2012 11:58 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: face, transplant, gun, accident, surgery, maryland

BALTIMORE - A 37-year-old Virginia man injured in a 1997 gun accident has received what University of Maryland physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed. University of Maryland Medical Center officials say Richard Lee Norris is recovering well after last week's surgery, he is already brushing his teeth and shaving. Doctors say the 36-hour procedure, which included teeth, tongue, upper and lower jaw surgery, has given Norris his life back. This was the 23rd face transplant since doctors began doing the procedure seven years ago.

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