Face Transplant Recipient Meets Donor’s Family  |  June 1, 2015

Two families forever changed by horrible accidents recently met to see firsthand the incredible possibilities of donation.

After a shotgun accident disfigured Richard Norris’ face, he became depressed and reclusive. He endured surgery after surgery, each an attempt to give him a chance at a normal life. Finally, one surgery offered him some hope, and it happened because of the generosity of strangers.

Joshua Aversano’s family was devastated when the 21-year-old died after a traffic accident, but they made the brave choice to donate Joshua’s face. During a 36-hour-long surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, 150 doctors and nurses honored Joshua’s gift and helped give Richard new hope.

Joshua’s sister, Rebekah, recently had the opportunity to meet Richard and see for herself how her brother lives on through donation.

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