A California man who tried to kill himself with a shotgun is now in love with life after undergoing the most advanced facial grafting ever performed.
Cameron Underwood, 26, had been struggling with depression for years, and in 2016 He put a shotgun under his chin and squeezed the trigger.
Two years later he appeared after a series of procedures to restore his face, teeth, and jaws.
"Thank you for not giving up on me," he said Thursday during a press conference at New York's Langone Health University.
Underwood needed five months of skin grafting for plastic surgeons to work out a plan to reconstruct his face.
The shotgun blast It lacked most of its lower jaw, its palate and everything except a tooth.
In New York Langone, a team of more than 1
The facial transplant performed in January lasted 25 hours.
His mother, Bev Bailey-Potter, told People magazine to contact NYU's Langone Center after reading an article on a face Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed
A donor was found in January after 23-year-old Will Fisher, a resident of New York City, died. He had listed himself as an organ donor.
"It was not easy," said Underwood. "But it was worth it."
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