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11:39 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
  • Mitch Hunter's face was horribly disfigured in a 2001 car accident. A decade later, the 30-year-old Indiana man underwent the nation's second full-face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here he is with his new face. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dr. Edward J. Caterson, left, and Dr. Dzifa Kpodzo, right, both of Brigham and Women's Hospital Plastic Surgery, with other members of the face transplant surgical team. CREDIT: Lightchaser Photography
  • Before the transplant, Hunter underwent reconstructive surgery and wore a prosthetic nose. The injury to his face occurred after he came into contact with a high-voltage electrical wire following his car accident. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Charla Nash revealed her new face for the first time on Thursday, August 11, 2011, after undergoing a face transplant surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in May. Nash is the third American to receive a full face transplant. She also received a double hand transplant, but the hands failed to thrive and were removed. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Nash lost her face and hands in a brutal attack by a friend's 200-pound pet chimpanzee in 2009. For her transplant surgery, the 30-member surgical team worked for more than 20 hours to replace Nash's face. CREDIT: Harpo Productions, Inc.
  • Nash with Travis the chimp prior to the attack. The chimp ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids, blinding her before being shot and killed by police. CREDIT: Handout
  • After being mauled by a bear, Li Guoxing became China's first face transplant patient in 2006. Doctors at the Xijing military hospital in Xi'an replaced his cheek, upper lip, and nose. Li died in December 2008. CREDIT: AP Photo
  • Doctors say every time they see Wiens, he is able to feel and do more. Wiens himself says he can use his face more than he expected. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Connie Culp in an undated photo sometime before the 2004 gunshot blast destroyed her face. CREDIT: AP Photo/Cleveland Clinic
  • In 2004, Connie Culp lost much of her face from a gunshot blast. Four years later, the 46-year-old mother was the first to undergo face transplant surgery in the U.S. This image shows Culp before the surgery (left) and in 2009, six months after the surgery. CREDIT: AP Photo/Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a plastic surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, has led the surgical team that has performed all of the nation's full face transplants. Here he stands with three recipients - Mitch Hunter, Jim Maki, and Dallas Wiens. Dr. Pomahac led Nash's recent face transplant procedure. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Isabelle Dinoire received the world's first partial face transplant in November 2005 (shown here three months later). Doctors in northern France attached a new nose, chin and lips after her horrifying attack from her own dog. CREDIT: AP
  • Transformation of Isabelle Dinoire. CREDIT: CBS/The Early Show
  • Known only as Oscar, this Spanish farmer lost most of his face in a 2005 accidental shotgun blast. Oscar (shown here at a 2010 news conference), received the world's first full face transplant in March 2010, carried out by a 30-person team. Doctors said that after 18 months of physical therapy, he is expected to regain up to 90 percent of his facial functions. CREDIT: AP Photo/David Ramos
  • To replace Oscar's face, doctors in Barcelona lifted an entire face, including the jaw, nose, cheekbones, muscles, teeth and eyelids, and placed it mask-like onto Oscar. CREDIT: Vall D'Hebron Hospital
  • Wiens says he can now feel his daughter's kisses, which have brought him to tears on more than one occasion. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • This July 2011 handout photograph provided Feb. 27, 2013 by the Brigham and Women's Hospital shows face transplant patient Carmen Blandin Tarleton, of Thetford, Vt., before her surgery, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, talks with reporters about the most extensive full face transplant completed to date performed on Richard Lee Norris, pictured at right, after a news conference on March 27, 2012 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gail Burton
  • This February 2013 photograph provided by the Brigham and Women's Hospital shows their plastic surgery transplant team operating on Carmen Blandin Tarleton, of Thetford, Vt., at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Tarleton, 44, underwent face transplant surgery in early February. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • n photos provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center, face transplant recipient Richard Lee Norris, the recipient of the most extensive face transplant performed to date, is seen a photo taken before the face transplant, left, and in a photo made 114 days after the transplant was performed. CREDIT: AP
  • Dr. Bodhan Pomahac, at podium, with his surgical team, speaks to reporters regarding the face transplant of Carmen Blandin Tarleton, pictured left, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Feb. 27, 2013. Tarleton underwent the surgery in early February. The 44-year-old Tarleton,of Thetford, Vt., was attacked by her former husband in 2007. He doused her with industrial strength lye. She suffered chemical burns over 80 percent of her body. AP Photo/Charles Krupa
  • This undated photograph provided by the Brigham and Women's Hospital on Feb. 27, 2013 shows face transplant patient Carmen Blandin Tarleton, right, with her sister Kesstan Blandin, before she was attacked. CREDIT: AP Photo/Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Richard Lee Norris' prom picture, which was taken before a gun accident in 1997. CREDIT: UMMS
  • A photograph of Richard Lee Norris after the accident. He lost his lips and nose, and has very limited movement of his mouth. CREDIT: UMMS
  • A photograph of Richard Lee Norris after the face transplant procedure. The surgery took 36 hours and more than 150 medical staff members were involved. CREDIT: UMMS
  • Wiens after his accident, describing his injuries during an October 2010 interview. "I do miss my sight," said Wiens, "But I miss the sensation of my face and my sense of smell the most." CREDIT: AP
  • Dallas Wiens, a 25-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas, received a new face at BWH in March 2011, after his face was horribly burned by a high-voltage electrical line in 2008. CREDIT: AP
  • Dallas Wiens, before and after the full face transplant surgery performed in March 2011. CREDIT: Parkland Health and Hospital System/ Lightchaser Photography
  • Poland's first face transplant patient, identified only by his first name Grzegorz, speaks at a press conference after he was discharged from the hospital in Gliwice, Poland, July 30, 2013.
  • Carmen Blandin Tarleton of Thetford, Vermont is embraced by Marinda Righter, daughter of face donor Cheryl Denelli-Righter, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass., May 1, 2013. The 44-year-old mother of two underwent the transplant in February after a 2007 attack in which her estranged husband doused her with industrial strength lye (AP/Charles Krupa)
  • Wiens at the one year anniversary of his face transplant. CREDIT: Brigham and Women's Hospital
    
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(CBSNEWS) -- WARNING: Some of the photos in the slideshow are extremely graphic. Take a look at this gallery courtesy of CBS News of amazing face transplants. (Captions courtesy of CBSNews)

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