27-year-old volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison responded with his colleagues to a call for the Senatobia Fire Department in northwest Mississippi. Inside a burning mobile home on September 5, 2001, searching for one of the homeowners, Hardison was caught as the ceiling collapsed on his second trip into the flaming structure. His mask melted, his face caught fire, and his vision and lungs were saved only because he closed his eyes and held his breath as he climbed out through a window.
Time ticked away. In August 2015, 26-year-old David Rodebaugh was declared brain dead following a biking accident in late July. Rodebaugh, about the same age as Hardison had been at the time of his own accident, was a donor match. Dr. Rodriguez summoned Hardison to NYU Langone for what would become the most complex face transplant the world has yet seen.
The 26-hour operation required a team of more than 100 medical professionals–including doctors, nurses, and technical and support staff–working simultaneously in two operating rooms to prepare both donor and recipient for the long-prepared-for procedure.
Among the extensive pre-planning for Hardison’s operation was 3D imagery and printing, which served to fully prepare the team. Through 3D models generated from CT scans of both Hardison and Rodebaugh, the team could approach the surgery in a manner something like putting on a hood. With every millimeter of the fit requiring a perfect fit, the team were able to deduce the exact procedure ahead, which included not just redraping the skin, but also using donor bone at the chin, nose, and cheekbones, as well as many of the connecting veins and arteries.
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What happened after the surgery? How is Hardison doing? What are the first for such a surgery? For a complete writeup pls read Sarah Andersons article here