First US full face transplant patient smiling

January 14, 2012 - 6:33 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ten months after becoming the first person to get a full face transplant in the United States, a Fort Worth man marvels at recovering the ability of expression.

Dallas Wiens was the only patient of the first three surgeries done in the U.S. who did not suffer an acute rejection of the transplant within the first six months.

The 25-year-old Wiens told the Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/xU15Ij ) he can now smile and express emotion with a face he didn't have a year ago.

Wiens' face was burned off in 2008 when his head touched a high-voltage power line while he was standing in an elevated cherry picker.

The Department of Defense funded the transplants through a $3.4 million grant with the hope of offering the procedures to wounded soldiers.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com