Transforming a life: Mayo Clinic announces its first face transplant
FACE TRANSPLANT: THE PATIENT
“It sank in that I’m finally normal again," Andy Sandness says, after the simple act of stepping into an elevator and blending in for the first time in more than a decade. "It felt awesome." Sandness says his life had become quite restricted – socially and functionally – since being severely injured by a gunshot wound in 2006. “But, now, I can go back and enjoy my life like I used to," he says. Dennis Douda has more about the patient.
FACE TRANSPLANT: THE SURGERY
In the three years leading up to Mayo Clinic’s first face transplant, dozens of medical specialists spent more than 50 Saturdays in a human anatomy lab refining their surgical techniques and developing their approach. The transplant team rehearsed the full operation more than 30 times. From the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has a detailed look at how they achieved a remarkable transformation with a complex surgery.