This volunteer firefighter's miraculous face transplant will bring a smile to anyone.

This volunteer firefighter's miraculous face transplant will bring a smile to anyone.
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Mississippi volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison was so badly burned in the line of duty 14 years ago that he lost his entire face. Now, a decade and a half later, doctors at New York University's Langone Medical Center gave Hardison the most extensive face transplant in history, and the results are nothing short of amazing.  

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Before and after the transplant. 

It was 2001 when the roof of a burning building in Mississippi collapsed on Hardison, causing him to lose his eyelids, ears, lips, most of his nose, his hair and his eyebrows. During the 26 hour surgery, Doctors at NYU were able to successfully attach a donor face and give Patrick his eyesight back. The donor was 26-year-old New York artist David Rodebaugh, who passed away after a biking accident in Brooklyn. Thanks to this generous donation, Patrick will be able to have a new lease on life. Watch the inspiring video here: 

It's been 3 months since the surgery, and Patrick is still in New York recovering, but he plans to return home for Thanksgiving, where his friends and family will be as happy to see him as he will to finally see them again.

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