Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

He Lost His Entire FACE In A Deadly Fire, But Look At Him Today… AMAZING.

It's hard to believe that modern medicine has gotten to the point where we can conceive of transplanting organs -- when you really think about it, it's kind of mind-blowing.

That's especially true for the most complicated transplant surgery, the facial transplant. Until recently, the mere thought of something like this was inconceivable. Now, doctors are performing it more and more every day, to increasingly successful results.

Below, we learn the story of one brave man who, after a severe injury, got a facial transplant. It's difficult to see his journey unfold, but what the procedure ultimately gave him is priceless.

Patrick Hardison is a real-life hero.

In 2001, firefighter Patrick Hardison responded to a house fire just like any other day

Patrick Hardison is a real-life hero.

Hardison Family

A family man, Patrick worked hard to keep food on the table.

Even if that meant risking his life in his line of work.

A family man, Patrick worked hard to keep food on the table.

Hardison Family

But this fire would change his life forever.

The ceiling of the house collapsed on Patrick and his partners. The fire enveloped them, too. Patrick would suffer some tremendous injuries.

But this fire would change his life forever.

Mary Spano / NYU Langone Medical Center

In fact, his entire face was burnt.

“[My mask] was melting to my face. My hose [was] already melted.”

In fact, his entire face was burnt.

Mary Spano / NYU Langone Medical Center

The only option for him was a facial transplant.

It's a risky surgery, but the professionals at NYU Langone Medical Center wanted to try it.

The only option for him was a facial transplant.

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