When you hear the term “plastic surgery”, many people just think of boob jobs and butt implants, but plastic surgeons today are making life changing advances in the medical field.
Army private Mitch Hunter was horribly disfigured after saving a woman’s life in a car accident. In 2001, his car slammed into a utility pole bringing it down upon him and the driver. The female driver was directly in the path of a live wire so Mitch sacrificed himself to save her. He pushed her out of the way and by doing so he took 10,000 volts to his body for a total of five minutes.
The electricity traveled up his foot, through his body and exited his face, melting his skin in the process.
‘I flat-lined twice on the way to the hospital. They used paddles to shock me back to life.’
Mitch thought he would be disfigured for life until he learned that he would be the recipient of a face transplant, only the second face transplant ever attempted in the U.S.
Before the operation, Mitch said he was excited about the prospect of a new face.
‘Right now, I’m pretty content with life but I think it would give me that one extra step to have a better quality of life. I wouldn’t get the weird stares,’ he said
It took 30 physicians, nurses, anaesthesiologists and residents 14 hours to replace Mr Hunter’s face and he has had 57 surgeries since the incident. It’s now 5 years later and the 35 year old Army private and proud father couldn’t be happier with his life.
His only regret is that someone had to die to make this possible, but the family of the donor says this is a blessing.
“When we heard that there was a match for his facial tissue, we were overwhelmed and did not hesitate to say yes,” the boy’s family said in a statement. “It is a gift to us to know that another young man’s life could be so positively changed.”