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  • 29 July 2014, 18:55

Face Transplant Patient Is GQ Magazine Star

A man who received the world's most complex face transplant after a gun accident has now been snapped for the pages of magazine GQ.

Richard Norris was injured in a shotgun accident in 1997 at age 22.

In 2012 Mr Norris underwent a 36-hour operation to receive a new face from a donor whose organs saved five other patients' lives on the same day.

Mr Norris is still limited in what he can do and is at risk of the donor tissue being rejected, but has agreed to show the dramatic improvement in his appearance in the August issue of US GQ.

He told the magazine that he is seeking to raise awareness for organ donation, and that he is grateful to the 21-year-old man who donated his face.

"A drop of hope can create an ocean," Mr Norris, now 39, is quoted as saying.

"But a bucket of faith can create an entire world."

The operation in Maryland is considered the world's most comprehensive face transplant.

It involved 100 doctors, scientists and other university medical staff, ranging from plastic surgeons to craniofacial specialists.

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