Transplant gives new face, more to man, 41

November 17, 2015 4:06 AM

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NEW YORK — A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most-extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced on Monday. And the donor originally was from the Columbus area.

The surgery took place in August at the New York University Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to Senatobia, Miss., in time for Thanksgiving.

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