A man who underwent a grueling face transplant has revealed his incredible transformation less than 11 months after major reconstructive surgery.
Cameron Underwood was left without the majority of his lower jaw, teeth, and nose, and with significantly impaired eyesight, speech, and mouth function after he attempted to take his own life in June 2016. Underwood, who had been suffering from depression, shot himself in the face. The 26-year-old’s remarkable road to recovery started when his mother, Beverly Bailey-Potter, read about the face transplants being performed at NYU Langone by plastic surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS. (More at Yahoo News)
His face transplant cost an arm and a leg.
The NY Post reports,
The groundbreaking procedure to give Cameron Underwood a new mug has cost $1.5 million to date, according to NYU Langone Health, which performed the operation.
Medical officials told The Post that almost one-third of the cost was covered by regular insurance, and the additional funding — which went toward clinical care and research associated with the transplant — was provided by a grant from the Department of Defense, “as well as support from NYU Langone Health.”
Doctors hope that the operations in the future will become less expensive and more mundane.
“I’d like to say that there have been so many amazing advances in surgery,” Underwood said Thursday at a press conference. “I’m living proof of that.”