Facial replacement surgery is still pretty in the tech world but tons of surgery has taken place in the past and many have been successful up to a level too.
Facial replacement surgery is no simple, and one of the first things that pops into mind is the cult classic face Off. Though most of us dismiss the idea of this fictional story coming to life, Rebekah Aversano, older sister of the late Joshua Aversano has met him, well not exactly Joshua but a man who wears his face.
Joshua Aversano passed away in the year 2012 after being hit by a car, but his face was donated to Richard Norris, who now wears his face. Richard is 41 now and living a healthy and well-being life. Richard is also thankful to Joshua and his family for everything they did for him and his loved ones.
This is probably the most unbelievable story of the world’s most extensive full face transplant.
During an unforeseen incident in 1977, Richard, a 22-year-old with high hopes and big dreams, endured an accidental shotgun blast that destroyed half his face. Richard lost all his hopes to get his life back on track, but luckily a new miracle was waiting for him.
Joshua and his sister.
When Joshua died, it was a hard time for everyone, but after a while, the doctors find out the Richard and Joshua have same skin color, same face structure and same blood type which helped them in the surgery.
A photo of Richard after his accident.
During an unforeseen incident in 1977, Richard, a 22-year-old with high hopes and big dreams, endured an accidental shotgun blast that destroyed half his face. The life was tough after that but luckily he got the face wear of Joshua Aversano, after his tragic death.
The aftermath of this incident affected all facets of his life.
It comes as no surprise that the aftermath of this incident affected all facets of his life. Physically, psychologically and emotionally, Richard sustained more damage than one can imagine and it heart-wrenchingly caused him to withdraw from society.
After the completion of the surgery.
As fate would have it, medical experts believed he would be the ideal case for a face transplant. The striking similarity between Richard and Joshua in skin, hair, blood type and facial structure made him a likely candidate for donation. The operation was done, and finally, the most part of Joshua’s face got to fit into the Richard’s.
The transplant was a massive success!
After gaining consent from the Aversano family, a gruelling 36-hour long operation took place at The University of Maryland Medical Center. The transplant was a massive success!
Rebekah’s reaction while meeting Richard.
When meeting Richard for the first time, Rebekah immediately embraced him, gently touched his new face (one she knew all too well) and expressed a genuine compliment that this gunshot survivor deserved.
A heart of a sister.
Rebekah Aversano says that when she first met Richard with his new face, she got a little emotional seeing someone just like his brother. Also, the fact that her brother’s face is helpful to someone also makes her feel happy and proud at the same time.
“You look amazing. It’s hard to see where my brother ends and you begin.”
With the generous donation of the Aversano family and the outstanding performance by lead surgeon Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez and his 150 person team, Richard has been granted a well deserved new lease on life. The future looks strikingly brighter for victims of facial destruction with this successful advancement in medical science. As of right now, Richard Norris is looking forward to a wonderful future after finding love post-surgery.