The guy with the disfigured face was the star GQ
The star of the August issue of the famous magazine GQ was the 39-year-old man, who, after a shot from a shotgun was left with half his face and was one of the most complex face transplant in history, having teeth, jaw and even the language of the donor.
36-hour operation was highly controversial - Richard Norris was only a 50 percent chance of survival, but the result was not only a new life for him, but also groundbreaking research for physicians looking for ways to treat soldiers and other victims with severe injured person.
Norris in an interview with GQ magazine, said he is proud to have become a "lab rat" and agreed to take on such a huge responsibility, because the thought of others.
Norris was only 22 years old when his face literally blown. He came home drunk and arguing with his mother, then took the shotgun and said he was going to shoot himself. Unfortunately, the gun worked ... Human flesh, bones, and teeth were on all four walls of the bedroom Norris.
Norris went through dozens of operations to restore the person, but in the end had reached the limit of what is conventional surgery could do for him. Therefore, only change remained.
Norris said that its new face he received from his family 21-year-old Joshua Aversano, who died after he was hit by a car while crossing the street. 36-hour operation to transplant a face to Norris is still considered the most extensive intervention ever conducted, because it involves the transplantation of teeth, upper and lower jaw, the tongue and all tissue, starting from the scalp to the base of the neck.
Norris had to learn to control his new face, eat and talk. But at any moment can start a reaction of rejection. Now until the end of his life, he has to take immunosuppressant drugs, as Norris' body will always consider him a new face by an object, causing his immune system will attack it constantly. That leaves it vulnerable to many health problems. He was also not allowed to drink, smoke, sunbathe.