Last summer, Dallas Weins explained that all he wanted from his surgery was to be able to feel his daughter’s kisses. Now, a year after he was the first American to have a full face transplant, that wish has come true.
Dallas lost his face three and a half years ago when he was severely burned by a high voltage electrical line while working on a lift. Unlike most face transplant patients, Dallas did not isolate himself after his accident. He was often seen around town and at the local coffee shop with his young daughter and his friends.
Since then, there have been many more ways that Dallas was unlike other face transplant patients. Both his surgery and his recovery have gone remarkably well. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, the doctor who performed Dallas’s surgery, reported at last week’s press conference that, “High levels of sensitization precluded [Dallas] from matching a donor, but he did. All transplant recipients are expected to have a rejection episode, but he’s the only patient in the world that has not had one despite minimal levels of immune suppression. Dallas has been a model patient throughout his recovery, and for that we are very grateful.”
Images courtesy of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas