Cameron Underwood's life changed completely since he had his face transplant because, as he does, he no longer receives so many "looks and questions from strangers." "I already have a nose, mouth and so I can smile, talk and eat solid foods again," he said.
Cameron spoke two years after shooting himself in suicide. It lost its nose, most of the low jaw and all over one of the teeth in the 2016 event.
"I am very grateful to have a face transplant because it has given me a second chance in life," the 26 year old reported a news conference in New York, USA, on Thursday.
"I could resume many of the activities that I love, such as being out, playing sports and spending time with my friends and family.
"I hope to return to work soon and start a family."
In January this year, a doctor of over 100 people presented a 25-hour surgery at Cameron at the Langone Health Center in New York University, and their recovery was revealed this week. The operation was carried out only 18 months after the suicide of Cameron, which, according to the center, is the shortest period of wounds and surgery in the history of the United States. UU
Since the first face was transplanted in 2005, more than 40 were made around the world.
The surgery was in charge of Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, who said, along with medical advances, was Cameron's determination to survive, which helped surgery succeed.
"At last everyone is dependent on the patient, Cameron has done his part and assumed the necessary commitments," he said.
Cameron's transplant was the third party by Rodriguez, who assured that the relatively short time Cameron was living with his injuries was also an important factor in his recovery.
"Cameron did not live with his wound for a decade or more, like many other recipients of facial transplants," he said.
"As a result, he did not have to deal with many long-term psychosocial problems that often lead to problems such as severe depression, substance and other harmful behaviors."
During the surgery, the doctor transplanted and rebuilt Cameron's upper and low jaw, including all 32 teeth and chimneys. The roof and floor of the mouth, low eyelids and nose were replaced and the tongue needed reconstruction.
The center reported that the operation was the most technologically advanced face transplantation and was the first use of a donor 3D face mask in the United States.
"My son helps Cameron to live a better life"
The faced gift was Will Fisher, 23, who was a champion, aspiring writer and filmmaker.
"The death of my son was a tragedy," said Sally, the mother of Will.
"Thank you, making our decision, we could give life to others, and especially that Will and Dr. Rodriguez gave Cameron and his family the opportunity to recover their dreams."
"Being part of this experience was a source of strength for me during a very difficult time.
"I do not think he could have survived Will's death, if it were not for Cameron, Cameron has all his life before him, and I love the idea that Willie helps him to have a better life."
During his speech at the hospital press conference, Cameron paid a tribute to Will and the support of the Fisher family.
"I want Sally and her family to know how my family and I thank their gift and that we will always honor Will's inheritance," he said.
"There were so many amazing advances in surgery, I live a proof of it, but it only happens thanks to special people like Will and his family."