(BOSTON) -- After a freak accident left his face horribly disfigured back in 2001, Mitch Hunter is now able to smile again.
Hunter, a 30-year-old man from Indiana, had a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, only the third such operation done in the U.S.
"It was a full face transplant, including the skin between the ears and from forehead to chin," said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, one of Hunter's surgeons and the director of plastic surgery transplantation at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Surgeons also transplanted Hunter's nose, lips and the nerves that allow for feeling and facial animation.
Back in 2001, Hunter suffered severe electric shock from a power line after a motor vehicle accident. Now, after the 14-hour surgery last week, doctors say he is doing well.
"So far, it's been excellent," Pomahac said. "He has already been discharged, and everything has gone smoothly."
The hospital did not release the exact date of the procedure in order to protect the privacy of the donor and the donor's family. The New England Organ Bank in Waltham, Massachusetts was able to get the family's consent to take tissue from the donor.
Hunter did not want to talk to the media, but his family did release a statement through the hospital.
"The Hunter family is truly grateful to the donor and his family for this amazing gift. We respect and admire their courage and intend to honor them by continuing in their giving spirit."
Hunter's operation comes less than a month after a Texas man, Dallas Wiens, had the most complete face transplant in the country, also at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The hospital has also done a partial transplant on a man who fell face first onto an electrified subway rail.
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