Cameron Underwood, a 26-year-old who worked as a welder, experienced a severe depression that led him in 2016 to try to take his own life by shooting himself in the head in California, USA.
However, he failed in his goal and remained alive, but with his face completely distorted. This fact led to an increase in his illness to see the condition in which it was.
He lost most of the lower jaw, practically had no teeth or nose, and he had to take a liquid diet product of the problems left behind in the upper and lower neck.
It was at this time that Underwood met the surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez from the University of Langone in New York in Manhattan.
In January of this year, the doctor conducted an operation on Cameron, in which more than 100 doctors participated and lasted 25 hours. There, using a 3D computer and a three-dimensional printed mask of the donor’s face, the expert managed to completely change the status of the young man.
This was demonstrated 10 months later, after the man next to the surgeon gave a press conference, telling the details of the case. “I am very grateful for the face transplant, because it gives me a second chance in life,” said Underwood.
“Despite the fact that I am still recovering and restoring feeling and mobility, especially with my lips, I am still very pleased with the results, I have a nose and a mouth, so again I can smile, speak and eat solid food,” he said . ,
Who was the donor?
To make a transplant, Rodriguez performed a face transplant of corpses to live on as a patient, being a donor William Fisher, a young writer-writer of 23 years old, who died in late 2017 after fighting with a mental illness.
“I would like to say that there were so many amazing achievements in surgery, I confirm this, but this is only because of special people, such as Will and his family,” Cameron said.
This is appreciated by the mother of William. “My son’s death was a tragedy, I’m grateful that by fulfilling our decision we could give life to others, and especially that Will and Dr. Rodriguez gave Cameron and his family the opportunity to restore their dreams,” said Sally, the donor mother.
“Being part of this experience is a source of strength for me at a very difficult time. I don’t think Will would have survived the death of Cameron. Cameron has a life ahead of him, and I like the idea that Willie helps him live better, ”the woman finished.
So was Underwood: