Published: May 21, 2009
BOSTON, MA. -- A man whose face was nearly destroyed in a horrible accident four years ago has a new one.
He’s the nation’s second face transplant patient, and James Maki went public to tell his amazing story.
“My first thought was, my nose looks exactly the same as my old nose,“ said Maki on Thursday.
His old nose, upper lip, eyelid, cheeks, the roof of his mouth and most of his facial skin plus the muscle, bone and nerves underneath were all destroyed when Maki fell onto the electrified third rail of Boston’s subway.
“He was brought to Brigham emergency department so horribly disfigured that I cannot share with you the pictures,“ says lead surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac.
But sketches tell the story. He barely had any face left.
A 17-hour surgery saved his life.
But for the last four years, Maki was reluctant to leave ho
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