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Wed Feb 3, 2021, 02:39 PM

'New Chance at Life': Man Gets Face, Hands in Rare Surgery

By Marion Renault and Marshall Ritzel
Published February 3, 2021

Almost six months after a rare face and hands transplant, Joe DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze.

The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the operation last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash.

I knew it would be baby steps all the way, DiMeo told The Associated Press. Youve got to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And youve got to stay strong through everything.

Experts say it appears the surgery at NYU Langone Health was a success, but warn itll take some time to say for sure.


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