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Monday
Apr012013

Full-Face Transplant Patient Gets Married

Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Dallas Wiens, the first U.S. man to receive a full face transplant, has married a woman who he met in a burn victims support group.

Wiens, 27, married Jamie Nash, 29, in Forth Worth, Texas, on Saturday with about 200 guests looking on.

Wiens suffered life-threatening burns to his head when the boom lift he was operating near a church drifted into a nearby power line in 2008.

The life-threatening accident and the 22 surgeries that followed left Wiens with a face void of features short of a lipless mouth and a small goatee.

In March 2011, a team of more than 30 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston worked for more than 17 hours to give him a new face, complete with skin and the muscles and nerves needed to animate it.

The bride was badly burned on her arms and back in a 2010 car accident.

The wedding took place at the same church where Wiens was burned.

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