Cameron Underwood, 26, who worked as a welder, was going through the severe depression that took him in 2016 to try to take his own life by shooting his head in California in the United States.
But his intention failed, and he remained alive, but his face was completely deformed. This led to an increase in his illness to see the state he was in.
He lost most of the lower jaw, was practically free of his teeth or nose and had to take a liquid diet from problems with those who stayed on the top and top of the palate.
That was where Underwood was when he met with surgeon Eduard Rodriguez of New York University, Langone Health, in Manhattan.
In January this year, the surgeon performed an operation at Cameron, where more than 100 doctors took part, and took 25 hours. There, using a 3D computer and a 3D printed mask of a donor's face, the expert managed to completely change the condition of the young man.
This was proven 10 months later, after the man next to a doctor issued a press conference and told the details of the case. "I am very grateful that I have a face transplant because it gives me a second chance in my life," Underwood said.
"While I'm still recovering and regaining my feelings and mobility, especially with my lips, I'm still happy with the results, my nose and my mouth so I can smile again, talk and eat solid foods," he said. ,
Who was the donor?
To carry out the transplant, Rodriguez performed a corpse for a patient patient who was the donor of William Fisher, a young aspiring 23-year-old writer who died at the end of 2017 after fighting mental illness.
"I would like to say that so much progress has been made in surgery, I can prove it, but it's just for special people like Will and his family," Cameron said.
This was appreciated by William's mother. "The death of my son was a tragedy, and I was grateful that we could have given life to others, and especially that Will and Dr. Rodriguez gave Cameron and his family the opportunity to recover their dreams," Sally said, the mother of the donor.
"Being part of this experience has been a source of strength for me in a very difficult time. I do not think I'd survive Will's death if it were not for Cameron." Cameron has his whole life ahead of him and I love the idea that Willie helps him have a better life, "said the woman.
So it was Underwood: