Photo Of Richard Lee Norris Released 114 Days After His Extensive Face Transplant At University Of Maryland Medical Center

11:59 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
Richard Lee Norris 114 days after face transplant (University of Maryland Medical Center)
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BALTIMORE (WUSA) -- University of Maryland Medical Center officials have a new photo of the man who underwent an extensive face transplant there.

You may remember Richard Lee Norris from the story we covered in March. His face was heavily damaged in a gun accident 15 years ago. 

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In March, doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore performed a 36-hour procedure Norris. During the procedure, doctors replaced both jaws, teeth and the tongue as well as the soft parts of the face from the hairline to the neck.

Take a look at the newly released photo, courtesy of University of Maryland Medical Center. 

In a press release, officials say that Norris is gaining sensation in his face (http://on.wusa9.com/QnfsPl). He can now smile and eat with his mouth. According to the press release, "His doctors say the motor function on the right side of his face is about 80 percent normal, and motor function on the left side is about 40 percent."

Norris also seems to be enjoying the recovery process. He is quoted as saying:

"For the past 15 years I lived as a recluse hiding behind a surgical mask and doing most of my shopping at night when less people were around. "I can now go out and not get the stares and have to hear comments that people would make. People used to stare at me because of my disfigurement. Now they can stare at me in amazement and in the transformation I have taken. I am now able to walk past people and no one even gives me a second look. My friends have moved on with their lives, starting families and careers. I can now start working on the new life given back to me."

He is spending his time fishing, golfing and hanging out with family and friends when he's not at doctor and therapy appointments.

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