Cameron Underwood's life has changed since her facial transplants, as she relates to her, does not include "look of strangers and questions". "I already have my nose, my mouth, and so I can smile, talk and eat solid food again," he said.
Cameron talked for two years after shooting at a suicide attempt. He lost his nose, the biggest part of the lower part and only one of the tooths of the 2016 event.
"I am very grateful for having a facial transplant, which gave me a second chance of life," said a 26-year-old in New York, in a press conference in the United States on Thursday.
"I've loved to recover a lot of activities, for example, in the open air, sportswear, and spend time with my friends and family.
"I hope to return soon to work and start a family one day."
In January of this year, more than 100 people were employed at the Langone Health Center at the Cameron Laboratory at a 25-hour hospital in New York, and the recovery was published this week. The operation only took 18 months after Cameron's suicide attempt, and according to the center, the shortest time in the history of surgery and surgery in EE. UU.
Since the first facial transplant in 2005, more than 40 have been done throughout the world.
The surgery was undertaken by Dr. Eduardo D. Rodríguez, along with medical advances, that Cameron decided to make a successful surgery to survive.
"Eventually it depends on the patient, Cameron took his part and made the necessary commitments," he said.
Cameron's transplant was made by Rodríguez. Cameron was a pretty short time with his injuries.
"Cameron did not experience one or more decades, just like most other recipients of facial transplants," he said.
"As a result, it did not address the long-term problems of many psychosocial problems, often with severe depression, substance abuse and potential attitudes that could be harmful."
During the surgery, the doctor transplanted and reconstructed Cameron's upper and lower stomach, including teeth and gums. The lower eyelids and nose were replaced by the roof and floor and language reconstruction was required.
The center reported that the operation was the most technologically advanced transplant for facial and that it was the first use of a 3D face mask in the United States.
"My son is helping Cameron live a better life"
The face was made by donor Will Fisher, who was 23 years old chess champion, writer and filmmaker.
"My son's death was a tragedy," said Sally, Will's mother.
"Farewell, for its decision, we can give life to others, above all, to Dr. Will and Rodriguez to help Cameron and his family recover their dreams."
"Being part of this experience has been a very difficult time for me.
"I do not believe that Will's death survived that Cameron had not been, Cameron came up with all his life in advance and that idea would make Willie a better life."
In a speech at the hospital's press conference, Cameron paid homage to Willi and Fisher's family.
"Sally and her family want to know how much I appreciate my family and her gift and that we will always be honoring the heritage of Will," he said.
"The amazing progress of the surgery has been a lot, I have such evidence, but it only happens through special people like Will or Will."