The Massachusetts man who received the United States' second face transplant is speaking out.
James Maki told The Boston Globe that he asked for a mirror four days after the operation and stared in wonder at his reflection. He told the doctor who performed the April 9 operation, Bohdan Pomahac (POE-ma-hawk), that he couldn't believe he looked so much like he used to.
Maki is still at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston recovering. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.
James Maki, 59, the recipient of the second face transplant in the United States, speaks to reporters during a press conference in Boston May 21, 2009.[chinadaily.com.cn\agencies]
The 59-year-old Maki's face was disfigured in June 2005 when he fell onto the electrified third rail at a Boston subway station.
This 2004 photo provided by the Helfgot family and released by Brigham and Women's Hospital shows Susan and Joseph Helfgot in Brookline, Mass. [chinadaily.com.cn\agencies]
He says for years, people would recoil when they saw him.
He never wavered from the operation, even when told of the risks, because he wanted a normal life.Source: chinadaily.com.cn\agencies