A Texas man who received the first full face transplant in the country at Brigham and Women’s Hospital was married Saturday in the church where he was injured, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Dallas Wiens, 27, married Jamie Nash, a woman he met in a support group for burn victims. Wiens’s grandfather, Del Peterson, planned to read a toast at the reception from Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, the surgeon who led his operation, hospital spokeswoman Erin McDonough said.
A 2008 accident left Wiens without facial features, save for part of his chin. He was standing in a cherry picker, painting the second floor of Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth, when the lift touched a high-voltage power line.
Doctors in Texas removed the nerves, muscles, and tissue in his face, covering the area with skin and muscles from his back. Wiens was blind and without lips, a nose, or teeth.
Over the course of about 15 hours, more than 30 specialists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital gave Wiens the face of an anonymous donor, the hospital said in 2011.
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