Friday, May 22, 2009

Mass. face transplant patient wants 'normal life'

The Associated Press

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Massachusetts man who received the second face transplant in the United States is speaking out.

James Maki told The Boston Globe that he asked for a mirror four days after the operation and stared in wonder at his reflection. He told the doctor who performed the April 9 operation, Bohdan Pomahac, that he couldn't believe he looked so much like he used to.

Maki is still at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston recovering. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

The 59-year-old Maki's face was disfigured in June 2005 when he fell onto the electrified third rail at a Boston subway station.

He says for years, people would recoil when they saw him.

He never wavered from the operation, even when told of the risks, because he wanted a normal life.

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