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Patrick Hardison is a hero with an angel. (Photo: Courtesy NYU Langone)


In September 2001, a then 27-year-old volunteer first responder from Senatobia, Mich., ran into a burning home on a rescue search. The roof collapsed on him, which resulted in severe burns across his entire face, head, neck, and upper torso. Patrick, a father of three, lost his eyelids, ears, lips, and most of his nose, as well as his hair, including his eyebrows. [Editor’s note: graphic images below]


After Patrick underwent 71 surgeries that left him with a small amount of vision, a fellow firefighter and church member reached out to Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, who had performed a 2012 face transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In August 2014, Rodriguez, who was now the chair of the Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, placed Patrick on a waiting list.

Related: Inside the Miraculous Face Transplant of Richard Norris


While the medical team searched for a donor — someone who was a match with Patrick on certain biological traits and also had similar skin and hair coloring — Patrick stayed optimistic.


“I’m not nervous, I’m excited because I’m ready for everything to get going,” he stated in a video created by NYU. “I know He’s (God’s) got an angel out there for me somewhere and He’s going to call on him one day.”


One year later, the donor was found: 26-year-old Brooklyn-based artist and competitive bicyclist David P. Rodebaugh, who was tragically killed in a biking accident. David’s mom gave permission for the transplant, adding that her son had always wanted to be a firefighter, according to the Associated Press.





Donor David P. Rodebaugh (Courtesy Live on NY)


The surgery took place the morning of Aug. 14, 2015. It lasted 26 hours and required a team of more than 100 medical practitioners. The transplant extends from the top of the head, over Patrick’s skull, and down to the collarbones in front. In back, it reaches far enough down that only a tiny patch of Patrick’s original hair remains — its color matched by the dark blond hair growing on his new scalp. The transplant includes both ears.


“When we think about a new life, I think what most people want to hear is the drama of a new face,” stated Rodriguez in the NYU video. “But when you actually ask those individuals what is that they miss, you’d be surprised the things we take for granted every day that for them [are] a new beginning.”


In the statement released by the AP, Rodriguez said that in the future, “a casual observer will not notice anything that is odd” in Patrick’s new face, which will blend features of his original face and the donor’s.







(Photo courtesy NYU Langone)


At a news conference held this morning — day 93 of Patrick’s recovery — Rodriguez explained that no surgery has been this extensive before. For example, this was the first time that eyelids have been transplanted. “This provides great hope for certain individuals,” he stated.

Patrick “is doing very well for day 93,” he added. It was also announced that Patrick, who will return to NYU each month for routine visits and will be on immunosuppressant meds for life, had an emotional experience when a few people from the medial team took him to Macy’s. “For him it was so remarkable that no one stared at him,” said Rodriguez.

While Patrick cannot return to firefighting, his current goals are to “start driving again” and to become a motivational speaker, perhaps working with wounded veterans. He has one simple message he’d like to convey: “Just how there is hope.“

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post #2 of 21

That's awesome..

 

I did say the "I'm gonna take his face... off" in my best Cage voice when I read the thread title thoughJPQ5E.gif

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What a time.....
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That's amazing
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That's creepy watching your loved ones face on someone else.
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Jeez louise
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He look high as helllll
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Jeez louise

What i came in here to type.
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crazy
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**** reminds me of that scene in Spartacus where they cut dudes face off and wear it as a mask smokin.gif
post #12 of 21
Man whats the pyschological repercussions of this?

You have someone elses face, the face you had before the accident in 01 still is in your memory, how you gonna just get a new face?

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post #13 of 21
Wow.
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He look high as helllll

 

 

****

 

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post #15 of 21

crazy story. hope he gets to enjoy life

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He look high as helllll

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did not expect that from ksteezy

holy.......
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Damn I feel terrible for dude mean.gif
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It would be awesome if he was really a criminal mastermind and tried to infiltrate the family of the guy's face he now has while the guy who lost his face was really alive and then had to hunt him down and somewhere in the middle a crazy chase scene.

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This has to be the best one I've seen thus far. I'm sure there are a lot of particulars that dictate how well it comes out. I remember a guy or woman got mauled by a chimp and theirs didn't looks nearly as good as this one.
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post #20 of 21
Wow. That's crazy.

Came in to say, face off is one of my favorite movies. Castor Troy gotta be one of the Dopest villains, and names ever.
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Wow. That's crazy.

Came in to say, face off is one of my favorite movies. Castor Troy gotta be one of the Dopest villains, and names ever.

Nic Cage got great action movie names: Cameron Poe (Con Air), Memphis Raines (Gone in 60 Seconds), Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (The Rock)
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