A guy in the United States is making amazing improvement less than a year after undergoing a face transplant procedure that lasted for 25 hours.
Cameron Underwood, a resident of Yuba City, California, attempted to end his own life with a pistol in June of 2016, and he had surgery in January to correct the damage caused by his attempt.
As a result of the gunshot wound, he lost his nose in addition to a significant portion of his lower jaw and teeth. Additionally, it caused significant damage to his eye sockets.
After his mother Beverly Bailey-Potter read an article in a magazine about Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez at the New York University Langone Medical Center, she suggested that her son have conventional reconstruction surgery before having the transplant. He did.
Since the surgery, Mr. Underwood has been attending monthly follow-up appointments and has kept up with his physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions. The operation was carried out by a team of one hundred people, which was led by Dr. Rodriguez.
He has even participated in skydiving, although he will continue to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of his life.
The individual, who is now 26 years old, has a good attitude and is intent on focusing on his new life. He is thankful to his donor, who is now 23 years old and to the Fisher family for what they have done for him.
He said that “Will and his family made an incredible sacrifice in order to give back to me what had been lost.”
That is something that won’t leave my mind. In addition, I will be forever thankful to Dr. Rodriguez and the rest of his face transplant team. Without their help, my family and I would not have been able to complete this adventure.
“We hope that those who have suffered serious facial injuries will find hope from hearing about my story, just as I found hope in hearing about the experiences of others who came before me. The trip has not been without its challenges, but in the end, it has been more than worthwhile.
Will Fisher, a benefactor
— NYU Langone Health (@nyulangone) November 29, 2018
Will Fisher served as the donor for the face transplant. Image. Pictured: a handout for the family
The very short amount of time that passed between Mr. Underwood’s injuries and his face transplant was beneficial to all aspects of his rehabilitation, including the physical, emotional, and psychological.
Cameron, unlike the majority of other people who have had face transplants, has not lived with his disability for at least ten years or more, as Professor Rodriguez of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the University of Miami remarked.
Because of this, “he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psycho-social issues that often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviors.” [Citation needed] “As a result of this, he has not had to deal with a lot of the long-term psycho-social issues.”
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According to the hospital, Mr. Underwood had one of the quickest wait periods for a donor than any other patient.
Only six months passed between the time he was accepted for a transplant and placed on the list for organ donation and the time he received the phone call that would forever alter the course of his life.
Mr. Fisher, who passed away unexpectedly on the last day of 2017, was working toward a career in filmmaking and writing.
When he was a young adult, he signed up to become a donor for various organs.
He did not simply aid Mr Underwood. In addition, he donated his kidneys, liver, heart, and eyes, among other parts.
Since 2005, there have been over forty face transplant surgeries performed throughout the globe.
Due to the use of 3D-printed surgical planning, Mr. Underwood’s operation was recognized as the most technologically sophisticated transplant to date.