Recently, the medical spotlight was turned towards a doctor who has successfully reconstructed the entire face of a patient. US surgeon performs face transplant in an extensive operation that lasted more than 26 hours.
Back in 2001, the life of a Mississippi firefighter turned upside down, when the fire department in Senatobia responded to house fire case. While plunging into the flames to evacuate tenants, the 41-year-old firefighter, by the name of Patrick Hadison, suffered severe burns. The most affected part was his face.
After 71 surgical intervention, that took place over many years, the surgeons managed to partially reconstruct the patient’s burnt face. Although things looked better for the hero-fighter, in reality things got even worse. Hadison was highly dependent on painkillers, which he used to dull the pain. This, in term, affected his family life.
The 41-year-old firefighter told the reporters how he was shunned by everybody around him. Even his children were scared of his face. He said that he fell into a deep depression and that there was no way out of this.
But is seems that destiny had something else in store for him, a cruel destiny and twisted destiny, we may add. In summer, another tragedy occurred on the banks of Mississippi. A 26-year-old bike mechanic was involved in a terrible accident and his wounds were severe. The paramedics rushed him to the hospitals where the doctors did everything they could in order to save him.
Unfortunately, the wounds were much too severe for young David Rodenbaugh. After a few days, the doctors pronounced him brain dead and he was taken off the machines. Being an organ donor, David could help other even after he was dead.
A plastic surgeon from the Langone University center, seized the opportunity and talked Patrick into the surgery. The veteran firefighter agreed and Doctor Eduardo Rodriguez began preparation for his patient’s surgery.
One of the reporters working closely with Doctor Rodriguez tried to describe what the surgery entails. The surgery would begin with a close-end dissection of the scalp. This area was a priority. After removing the scalp from the skull, the surgeon would then proceed towards the back. First he would have had to saw off the ears and then the nose. The whole surgical intervention lasted 26 hours.
Why was the surgery so lengthy? A medical specialist explained that during the procedure, the doctor would have to be careful when working around the face because there are a lot of muscles and nerves.