Cameron Underwood, a 26-year-old man with a facial transplant this year, presented his new smile on Thursday.
In June of 2016, underwood suffered a self-disciplined gunshot wound on his face, which is damaged by most jaws, nose, palms, and teeth, NYU Langone Health. Despite numerous attempts at conventional repair surgery, Underwood still lacked one of his facial keys.
Beverly Bailey-Potter, Underwood's mother, read Eduardo D. Rodríguez, NYU at Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, and contacted him for help. Underwood and Bailey-Potter left their hometown of Yuba City to travel to New York, Dr Rodriguez and his team to help change Underwood's facial transplant.
"When we read about what Rodriguez was doing with other patients, we learned that Cameron's life was the only person that trusted us," said Bailey-Potter at the press conference. "We're ready to travel a long distance."
On January 5, Underwood's facial transplant surgery team underwent a group of more than 100 professional doctors directed by Rodríguez, which required about 25 hours. Underwood's facial transplant was Rodríguez and his third-party head transplant, and according to NYU Langone Health, he completed the most widespread transplant in 2015.
Since 2005, more than 40 faces have grown worldwide and Underwood's latest surgical surgery is a milestone of medical procedures. Underwood received facial transplants almost 18 months after he committed suicide after the injury had been reported by the original incident. This quick time, according to Rodriguez, will help Underwood's emotional and physical recovery.
"Cameron does not live with his injury for ten years or more, just like most of the other transplants in the face transplant," Rodriguez said. "As a result, it does not have a long-term problem of many psychosocial issues, often with severe depression, substance abuse and potential behaviors that may be harmful."
Unlike in previous face transplants, Underwood had to wait six months for a donor. William Fisher, a 23-year-old ambitious filmmaker and writer's wife, was a great Underwood match. Fisher, before the death of New York, remembers family and friends as a loving and intelligent family.
"Part of this experience has been a very important moment for me. I do not believe Will's death will survive, if not Cameron," said Fisher's mother, Sally. "Cameron faces his whole life and I love Willie to have a better life ".
On Thursday, Underwood thanked the medical staff of Rodríguez and his colleague for the second chance.
"Will and his family did an incredible sacrifice, they lost me. I will never forget. Rodriguez and his facial transplant team are also forever," said Underwood NYU at Langone Health's press conference. "My family and I have not been able to do this trip. I hope that my experiences have a lot of hope for others who hope to be serious in facial surgery because they were before me. The trip was not easy, but it's worth it."
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