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Face transplant patient doesn't get a 2nd look now
Tuesday - 12/4/2012, 5:40am EST
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia man who received a full-face transplant says he's now able to walk past people without a second look.
Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va. was injured in a gun accident in 1997 and said he rarely left home afterward, shopping at night so he wouldn't be stared at. Now, he's finally coming out of hiding.
Norris received the face transplant in a 36-hour operation in March. It included the replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck.
Norris told The Washington Post ( http://wapo.st/ViQ7Yi) he's been doing well and has been regaining his speech, which is improving daily.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com
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