Whole face transplant performed on man disfigured after a fire fighting accident.
December 03, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
Car accidents, fires, motorcycle accidents can all leave the victims with tragic permanent disfigurement. A leading cause of amputation is the trauma of car accidents. Plastic surgery and prosthetics have come a long way in the rebuilding of our bodies. Disfigurement to the face and head though is difficult to repair, and is often the most difficult for victims, their friends and family to deal with. When make our first judgements of people by looking them in the eye. When things we see aren’t what we expect there is a visceral response.
Patrick Hardison was a volunteer firefighter in his previous life. He looked entirely different than he does now. The 41 year old permanently and tragically disfigured man now has the face of a man he never knew. A 26 year old bike mechanic.
When Mr. Hardison was 27 his face burned off in a fire fighting accident. He was trying to save someone when a roof collapsed on him. He was left with his, nose, ears and lips burned off. His hair was gone. His skin was gone. He had been a vibrant man with a successful business and a family. Following the accident and 71 surgeries meant to rebuild his face and ease his pain somewhat he had lost everything. His family, his business and his home.
His wife and family were traumatized as well. As she put it, he left for work one day and a stranger came home. Mr. Hardison was selected for an experimental whole face transplant which he underwent four months ago. The surgery itself was extremely risky. The changes have been dramatic. It is yet to be seen how successful the surgery will be, and Mr. Hardison knows that eventually the antirejection drugs will stop working and he will die. He was willing to risk everything to look normal again.
Mr. Hardison’s bravery and his determination to keep going are an inspiration. You can read all about his journey here.
photos courtesy of nymag.com
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