Badly burned Texas man waits for face transplant
Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:00:40 GMT —
Dallas Wiens wants to smile, smell the rain and feel his 3-year-old daughter's kisses.
Wiens' face was burned away two year ago in a horrible electrical accident that also left him blind.
Doctors were able to transfer skin and muscle onto his charred skull, but he still doesn't have lips, a nose or even eyebrows.
Now the new federal health care law has helped make him eligible to become perhaps the third person in the U.S. to ever undergo a face transplant.
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston approved him as a candidate month.
The federal health care law helped him overcome one hurdle by allowing the 25-year-old Fort Worth man to be covered by his father's insurance.
Doctors say he'll likely wait months more before a donor is found.