WATCH: Woman Meets Man Who Received Her Dead Brother’s Face During Transplant
Rebekah Aversano will meet the man who received her dead brother’s face for the first time during a “60 Minutes Australia” special, slated to air on Sunday. In a promo released earlier this week, Aversano walks into a room where she comes face-to-face with Richard Norris, the recipient of the face transplant. “Do you mind if I touch it,” Aversano asks, adding, “Wow, this is the face I grew up with.” See the video below.
Norris received his new face back in March 2012 following a risky 36-hour surgery. For 15 years Norris lived with a severely disfigured face after accidentally shooting himself in 1997 when he was 22 years old. According to GQ, Norris doesn’t remember anything about the shooting, but his mom said he accidentally shot himself in the face. The accident not only left Norris with facial deformities, but also led him to become a shut-in. Norris rarely left his home, and on the occasions in which he did step outside he covered his face with a mask.
Norris’ mother said before her son received his new face during the transplant, he underwent a few procedures to try and fix the damages to his face but they weren’t that successful. In a 2012, Norris’ doctor decided to remove what was left of Norris’ face, and replace it with the face of Joshua Aversano, who had recently died after getting hit by a car. Check out the video below to see Rebekah Aversano meet Richard Norris for the first time, and tell us what you think.
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) May 28, 2015