My best gift: A new face


He was a man without a face and would have been content to live with his disfigurement if it weren’t for his daughter.

For four-year-old Scarlette’s sake Dallas Wiensended up becoming the first person in America to undergo a full face transplant.

When Scarlette first saw her dad two months after the operation she ran to him and exclaimed, “Daddy, you’re so handsome!”

For Dallas (26), whose face was almost completely destroyed by burns in a freak accident, this was the best gift ever.

“It’s an amazing experience to be able to feel her kiss again after two and a half years of having no feeling whatsoever in my face,” he says.

Scarlette’s reaction has made the long, gruelling procedure worthwhile, the construction worker from Fort Worth, Texas, said.

The operation was performed in March at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA, and he made his first appearance at a media conference on 10 May.

“You have to choose to get bitter or get better,” he said. “And I chose to get better. The first thing I could smell was the hospital’s lasagna. I know it’s hard to imagine but it smelt really, really good.”

Three years ago Dallas suffered life-threatening burns when he lost control of a mobile platform he’d been standing on to repair a church window. His head slammed into a live power cable, searing off his face.

Except for part of his chin most of his once-handsome features were gone. His chances of survival were slim and he wouldn’t be able to walk, speak or eat normally again.

CLICK HERE to watch the emotional reunion between Dallas and his daughter during the news conference held on 10 May.

But the young dad showed remarkable perseverance and courage. Read more about it in YOU, 19 May 2011. Why not join us on Twitter? Just CLICK HERE.

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