- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - The nation’s first full face transplant recipient has made his first public appearance since his operation.

Dallas Wiens (WEENS), sporting a goatee and dark sunglasses, joined surgeons Monday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as he readies to leave the hospital following his 15-hour procedure in March.

The 25-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, man received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person. The operation was paid for by the U.S. military, which hopes to use findings from the procedure to help soldiers with severe facial wounds.

Wiens’ features were all but burned away and he was left blind after hitting a power line while painting a church in November 2008.

About a dozen face transplants have been done worldwide.



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