Mississippi Man Reveals New Face; Transplant Called the Most “Extensive” in History

A volunteer firefighter undergoes 70 reconstructive surgeries for the most extensive face transplant in history.

41-year-old Patrick Hardison is a volunteer firefighter in Mississippi.

The left picture shows how he looked before his face was severely burned in a 2001 mobile home fire.

The center photo shows his face after his many surgeries and the picture on the right shows Hardison with the face of a 26-year old bike mechanic who died in a July accident.

The face donor’s family says the mechanic always dreamed of being a firefighter.

Reconstruction of Hardison’s face included grafts of the front and back of the neck, ears and eyes.

Doctors say he will have to be on medication for the rest of his life to keep his body from rejecting his new face.