US doctors have carried out what they say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed, BBC reported.
The operation at the University of Maryland gave Richard Norris a new face, including a jaw, teeth and tongue.
The 37-year-old has lived as a recluse for 15 years after being severely injured in a gun accident, and wore a mask whenever he went outside.
The surgery was funded by the US Navy, which hopes the techniques will help casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The lead surgeon says Mr. Norris will now get his life back. He is now brushing his teeth and shaving, and has regained his sense of smell.
(China.org.cn, CNTV March 30, 2012)