Cameron Underwood, a young man from California, shot himself in the face in a suicide attempt in 2016. He did not die, but his face was completely destroyed. After several operations, his appearance increased surprisingly.
His shot crushed his nose, removing almost all his teeth and it causes serious damage in most of the lower jaw, the maxillary and palate area forces it take a liquid diet.
With the detention of his family and specialist, Cameron choose again for life and undergo a long road of consultation, surgery and, above all, waiting patiently for the donor's face.
On the way he traveled to improve his appearance, he found the surgeon Eduardo Rodríguez de Langone Health in Manhattan. Expert in skin transplants make a face transplant to Cameron.
In operations, carried out in January, they participated More than 100 doctors and it survives 25 hours. For operations, among others, a 3D printed mask donor face.
After ten months of recovery, Cameron showed his radical transformation. The young man said at a press conference that the transplant gave him second chance in life. "I'm very grateful," he said, his guardian angel beside him: his surgeon.
"I am very happy with the results," he said. The man explained that he was still trying to regain sensation and mobility, especially with his lips. "I have a nose and mouth, so I can smile, talk and eat more solid food, "he said.
Thank you to your other angel, the donor
"I want to say that there have been so many remarkable advances in surgery, I am living proof of that, but that only happens because of special people like Will and his family," Cameron said, referring to William Fisher, the donor who gave him the opportunity to have a new face.
23 years old is a writer and filmmaker, he died in December 2017, a victim of mental illness. His mother, Sally, regretted his son's death, but said he was grateful that he fulfilled his decision donate their organs to "give life to others".
Sally celebrates that Cameron has "opportunity to restore your dreams"Being part of this experience has been a source of strength for me during a very difficult time, he now has a lifetime to live, and I like the idea that Willi helps you "he concluded.