A woman in Australia has met the man who had her dead brother’s face transplanted onto his head. Rebekah Aversano was filmed by 60 Minutes Australia meeting Richard Norris, who had been majorly disfigured in a shotgun accident 15 years ago. The accident caused Norris to lose his jaws, lips and nose, and led to a long battle with depression. “For the past 15 years I lived as a recluse hiding behind a surgical mask and doing most of my shopping at night when less people were around,” Norris said.
However, things changed for the better when the Aversano family donated the face of Joshua – who had died three years previously. In a remarkable and incredibly complex 36-hour full face transplant, surgeons were able to replace his jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying tissue, from scalp to neck. “I am now able to walk past people and no one even gives me a second look. My friends have moved on with their lives, starting families and careers. I can now start working on the new life given back to me,” Norris said.
Joshua’s mother, Gwen, told Canada’s CTV that “some of the facial features would definitely be our son, so we could see similarities, very much so. We are just so pleased we have been able to help him. Even though we had such a tragic loss, we were able to give someone else the benefit of our son,”
Watch the amazing video below.