Arkansas military veteran receives world’s first whole-eye and partial-face transplant

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Aaron James, 46, had the 21-hour groundbreaking surgery at NYU Langone Health

(FOX) – A military veteran who received the first-ever whole-eye and partial-face transplant is speaking out about the life-changing surgery.

The recipient, 46-year-old Aaron James of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was working as an electrical lineman in 2021 when his face touched a live wire — and received a 7,200-volt electric shock.

As a result of the accident, James lost his left eye, most of his left arm, his nose and lips, his front teeth, his left cheek area and his chin, according to a press release from NYU Langone Health.

On May 27 of this year, James underwent a 21-hour surgery.

It was led by Eduardo D. Rodriguez, M.D., DDS, director of the Face Transplant Program and chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone…

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