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US face transplant man wants 'normal life'
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09:33, May 26, 2009

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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

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