After tragically accidentally shooting himself in the face five years ago, a 31-year-old Spanish man, identified only as Oscar, was revealed today, as the world’s first full face transplant recipient. Oscar faced a twenty-four hour surgery, in which doctors lifted a whole new face, including a jaw, nose, cheekbones, muscles, teeth and eyelids, and placed it like a mask over what was left of his face. Before the surgery, Oscar was not even able to breathe, eat, or drink on his own.
Huffington Post: He is now able to drink liquids and eat soft foods, and has been able to speak for the past two months, the hospital said in a statement. The patient also has regained feeling in most of his face and is partly recovering movement of his muscles. One good sign was that a week after the operation, he had to be shaved because of beard growth.
Incredibly, the head of the surgical team, Dr. Joan Pere Barret, said Monday, that although Oscar will need between a year and 18 months of physical therapy, but he is expected to gain back 90 percent of his facial functions. We think that’s pretty good, considering half the population of Hollywood can’t even smile or raise their eyebrows.
All kidding aside, this story of triumph is a welcomed changed from the typical media blitz over plastic surgeries, especially unnecessary facial reconstruction, which is discussed, literally, every day. In a culture so obsessed with vanity, and outward appearance, sometimes it takes a guy like Oscar, to see what’s really important in life.