How One Man’s Face Transplant Will Make You Rethink Everything

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

The notion of giving away a part of ourselves is one of the hardest thoughts to manage. Relinquishing ownership of the smallest part that makes up a portion of our whole, whether its your time, heart, kidney, or lungs, is a challenging process.

Even when you die, we have this small inkling hope that we would rise up from the grave with our mind, body and spirit in tact (or at least I kind of hope so). Especially your body. The fear of losing a piece of ourselves to a stranger makes us hesitate and debate whether we should check off “donate your organs” box.

But we need to think about the other life.

Technology advancements has made being an organ donor so much more impactful. Not only are you possibly saving someone else’s life, you’re leaving a piece of you on earth — your legacy.

We’re familiar with organ, bone marrow transplants, and blood transfusions, but did you ever think that you’d see a full face transplant in your lifetime? Retired firefighter Patrick Hardison received an extensive face transplant, a 26-hour operation. Doctors used facial tissue of a patient who was brain dead after a cycling accident.

See how one man gave another man a face he’s been waiting for.

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