Sunday, January 17, 2010

There is more in the Dallas News than just the Cowboys, Dallas Wiens is hoping for a face transplant in Boston...Wish him Luck...grand parents support

Dallas Wiens with his grand parents in Fort Worth are attempting to get primary custody of his 2-year-old daughter, Scarlette. Wiens lives with them in their modest west Fort Worth home.

"We wanted to be available to help Dallas with whatever he needed and to help him raise Scarlette. She is the light of his life," said his grandmother, who retired from her teaching job when Wiens was discharged from Parkland last May. His grandfather also retired from his job as a banker.

"We always knew this accident was going to be a life-altering experience for Dallas," Sue Peterson said. "To see that happen is such a joy. We love being with him. He keeps us laughing."

Fort Worth man hopes to get face transplant after accident News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News Latest News:

"Dallas Wiens does not remember the moment his face was burned off.

He was standing inside a cherry picker making repairs on a church window in Fort Worth. His cellphone was ringing.

The next thing he recalls was waking up in the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas from a medical coma. It was three months later. His family had to tell him how his head had touched a high-voltage power line that day in November 2008. It burned nearly all the flesh from the crown of his head to the tip of his chin."

Dallas Wiens can speak for himself:

Face transplants are still experimental. The first was Isabelle Dinoire, from Valenciennes, northern France, had her face was mauled by her pet dog. Miss Dinoire was given a new nose, mouth and chin at the Amiens Hospital in November 2005 in the full glare of the world’s media.

Miss Dinoire recently admitted that three years on from her surgery, she still remained uncertain about her appearance.

She said she had not yet worked out her new identity: “It takes an awful lot of time to get used to someone else's face. It's a peculiar type of transplant.”

The next was in China, in fact China has done several face transplants with mixed success.

The article from How Stuff Works, describes the history of this procedure, including the use of rabbits for the first surgical trials:

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