University of Maryland Medical Center's First Face Transplant

This has been the most extensive full-face transplant ever performed

By Erika Gonzalez
|  Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center said a Virginia man had the most extensive face transplant to date. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

Erika Gonzalez

Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center said a Virginia man had the most extensive face transplant to date. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center have performed the most extensive full-face transplant ever.

Physicians spoke about the 36-hour procedure on Tuesday in Baltimore.

The procedure was done on 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va., reports News4's Erika Gonzalez.

The operation was the most extensive full-face transplant performed to date and included a jaw, teeth and a tongue. Norris's new face came from a single donor who was able to help another five different recipients with other organs.

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center intended to help war veterans when they began researching face transplants 10 years ago.

Norris was chosen out of five candidates for this procedure. He suffered a gun accident in 1997.

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