Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez led a team of 150 doctors, nurses and others at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center this year in the most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed in the world. The patient, Richard Lee Norris, received new skin and muscle and a new jaw, teeth and tongue to replace damage from an accidental gunshot wound he suffered 15 years ago. Mr. Norris had been living largely as a recluse since then, and the surgery gave him a new face and a new life. The techniques Dr. Rodriguez and his team pioneered will help others, as will their efforts to reduce the side effects of anti-rejection drugs transplant patients must take for the rest of their lives.
Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun
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