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Woman meets man with her brother's transplanted face

UNITED STATES - A man who received the world's first face transplant and the donor's sister have met face to face for the first time. In their meeting, captured on video by news programme 60 Minutes Australia , Ms Rebekah Aversano touches the face of Mr Richard Norris, steps back and says in wonder, "This is the face I grew up with." Her brother, Joshua, was just 21 when he was killed in a traffic accident in 2012. His grieving family made the difficult decision to donate his face to a disfigured Virginia man. Mr Norris had accidentally shot himself in the face with a shotgun in 1997. No amount of conventional surgery had helped his disfigurement. In March 2012, in a 36-hour procedure involving 150 doctors and nurses at the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Mr Norris underwent one of the most extensive face transplants ever attempted. According to news.com.au, he not ...

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