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Firefighter burned in blaze receives most extensive face transplant
Last Updated: 2015-11-18 10:19 | Xinhua
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A U.S. volunteer firefighter seriously burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, according to media reports on Wednesday.

In 2001, when Patrick Hardison entered a burning home on a rescue search, the roof collapsed on him and his firefighter's mask burned onto his face.

He was left with disfiguring burns across his entire face, head, neck, and upper torso. He lost his eyelids, ears, lips, and most of his nose, as well as his hair, including his eyebrows.

His surgery was performed by a plastic surgeon from the New York University Langone Medical Center. The surgery has paved the way for him to regain normal look.

The 41-year-old patient is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to Senatobia, Mississippi, in time for Thanksgiving.

(Agencies)

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