Firefighter Makes Medical History Receiving Most Extensive Facial Transplant To Date

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Medical Advances & Procedures, Sci-Tech, Science with 35 Comments


By Sara G. Miller | Live Science

A 41-year-old man who suffered extensive facial burns in 2001 while working as a volunteer firefighter now has a new face. The man recently underwent the most extensive facial transplant done to date, said the doctors who treated him.

Surgeons at New York University Langone Medical Center operated for 26 hours in August 2015. The team included over 100 individuals, said Dr. Robert Grossman, the dean and CEO of the medical center, speaking at press conference today (Nov. 16).

This surgery is historic, said Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, a plastic surgeon at the center, who led the operation.  [The 9 Most Interesting Transplants]

“The amount of tissue that was transplanted [in this surgery] had not been transplanted before,” Rodriguez said. He noted that he had only performed one facial transplant procedure prior to this surgery (that earlier operation was the first to successfully transplant bone and teeth).

Prior to this surgery, Rodriguez told the patient, Patrick Hardison, that the surgery had a 50/50 chance of success, Rodriguez said.

After his accident, Hardison had no normal tissue in his face, scalp, eyelids, nose or lips, Rodriguez said. Hardison had also lost his ears, the doctor said. Hardison wore a baseball cap, sunglasses and prosthetic ears to conceal his appearance, and because of significant scarring on his face, he experienced enormous pain when making facial expressions and chewing.

The surgeons planned out the extensive surgery down to the minute, Rodriguez said.


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  1.' Robin Aldridge says:


  2.' Christine Heredia says:

    God bless him

  3.' Magda Krzys says:

    Wow. God bless ??

  4.' Poonam Gulati says:

    Incredible !
    God bless !

  5.' Jacquie Schmall says:

    Awesome transformation. This is one of the gifts modern medicine offers, and to some extent helps to balance the scrambled issues the AMA requires for the day to day practice of medicine.

  6.' Jaya Dayma says:

    Now this can be called human marvel …this is what which has no bad effects only good effects…this kind of surgery…transplants hold great promise for future…if the body doesnt reject its great…if stem cells also creates some body parts to transplant then it wud be great

  7.' Casey Howard says:

    God Bless!!!

  8.' Traci Danelle says:

    I admire his will to survive and not be a victim of circumstance.

  9.' Irene Kb says:

    God bless him !!!

  10.' Julianne Akers says:

    Alana McGilberry

  11.' Janice Grenville says:

    Thank goodness we now have the medical know how to help people who need it.

  12.' Kelly Halberda says:

    That is fantastic surgery for this guy to have been able to get

  13.' Marlene Sundberg says:

    wow he is a hero <3

  14.' Pam Gibson says:

    Wow! He looks amazing! God bless!

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  16.' Jennifer Ramjit says:

    I incredible,amazing, wow,hodbless

  17.' Pat Reynolds says:

    I think it is wonderful. Go well good man

  18.' Marsha Profitt says:

    Amazing technology !

  19.' Debbie Saggers says:

    You know, what bothers me is that we (Society) do not see this man as beautiful or normal until he looks “normal”, like the rest of us…sad really!

  20.' Karen McMurdock says:


  21.' Audrey Anne Gotts says:

    God Bless All….

  22.' Lea Whitney says:

    Absolutely incredible.

  23.' Donna MCouture says:


  24.' Phyllis Menos says:

    Amazing repair

  25.' Suzanne Kanofski says:

    Amazing. Wonderful story. Amazing medical team have given new hope to this man. And he looks fantastic.

  26.' Pranjeet Goswami says:

    God bless

  27.' Rozee Velasquez Young says:

  28.' LA Bliss says:


  29.' Charlesetta Bennett says:

    Truly amazing! God is good!!!

  30.' Susan Layton says:

    Poor man, it fabulous !

  31.' D Gaia Castillo says:

    Makes me think Bruce Jenner had that done

  32.' Linda Li says:

    Great work, very impressive!

  33.' DV Salvatierra says:

    God bless you more:)

  34.' Diane Elizabeth Allen Raper says:

    Wow hope he is happy

  35.' Kathi Keller says:

    God bless

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