• By Detcare
  • Posted On December 01, 2018

‘A Nose, a mouth and a smile again’, he thanked the 100 plus Medical staff for all

He shot himself in a suicide attempt, and he lost his nose, most of his lower jaw and all but one of his teeth in the incident.

But after his successful face transplant he is speaking and smiling again.

"I have a nose, and a mouth so I'm able to smile, to speak and eat solid foods again," he says.

"I am so grateful to have a face transplant because it gives me a second chance at life," the 26-year-old said at a press conference in New York.

"I have been able to get back to many of the activities I love, like being outdoors, playing sports and spending time with my friends and family.

"I hope to get back to work soon and someday to start a family."

In January this year, more than 100 medical staff performed a 25-hour surgery on Cameron at the NYU Langone Health centre in Manhattan, New York, and his recovery was revealed this week.

Since the first face transplant in 2005, more than 40 have been performed worldwide.

"Cameron has not lived with his injury for a decade or longer like most other face transplant recipients have," said the transplant doctor, Dr Eduardo D. Rodriguez.

"As a result, he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psychosocial issues which often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviours."

During the surgery, the doctor transplanted and reconstructed Cameron's upper and lower jaw, including all 32 teeth and gums.

The roof and floor of his mouth, lower eyelids and nose were replaced and his tongue needed reconstruction.

The centre says the operation was the most technologically advanced face transplant and was the first use of a 3D-printed donor facial mask in the US.

The donor was 23-year-old Will Fisher, a chess champion, aspiring writer and filmmaker.

Cameron paid tribute to Will at the press conference.

Also thanked his doctors, nurses and whole of the medical staff for being extra ordinary and giving him a chance to live a normal life again.

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