Cameron Underwood, a 26-year-old girl who fired in a suicidal attempt in California, can literally face life again, thanks to a medical team led by plastic surgeon Eduardo Rodríguez at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan.
Underwood was He underwent a facial transplant surgery that lasted 25 hours at the beginning of the year and, finally, the recovery was announced today through the hospital.
The boy fired face to face in June 2016, in Yuba City, and although he survived The bullet destroyed most of the lower jaw, almost all the teeth, the nose, the jaw region and the palate.
Underwood, a welder and engineer who I suffered from depression, tried several conventional reconstruction surgeries before discovering it Dr. Rodríguez, son of Cuban exiles.
"When we read what Dr. Rodríguez had done to his other patients, we knew he was the only person we trust in Cameron's life," said his mother, Beverly Bailey-Potter. "We were willing to travel long distance."
Now, almost 11 months after the 25 hour operation, Underwood is working to live the life he knew when he was outdoors, playing sports and spending time with friends and family. It was even to do post-operative parachutes, he said New York Post
Rodríguez directed a team of more than 100 medical professionals to complete the operation which was completed on January 5 and required the use of computerized surgical planning in 3D and the The 3D mask is also printed on the donor's face: William Fisher, 23, who died in December in Manhattan.
It was the second transplant to NYU Langone Health and the third under the direction of Rodríguez.
Because of the extent of Underwood injuries, Rodríguez and his teamThey had to swallow all the median and lower components of the skull and the donor's face.
Fisher, a student at Johns Hopkins University and an aspiring writer and filmmaker, suddenly died on New Year's Eve after a long battle with mental illness, hospital officials said.
He was registered as a donor of organs in his teens and was identified for Underwood's transplant the day before surgery that changed his life.
Rodríguez said that before surgery, Underwood and his family had an "unprecedented" meeting with Fisher's mother at the hospital.
"The death of my son was a tragedy," said Sally Fisher in a statement. "I appreciate that, in honoring his decision, we could give life to others, and especially that Will and Dr. Rodríguez gave Cameron and his family the opportunity to recover their dreams."
Rodriguez considered an "honor (…) to see join these families and the gift of unconditional love to their children."
"I am very grateful for having a face transplant because it gives me a second chance in life," Underwood told a news conference today at NYU Langone Health, where her mother and donor were present.
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