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Woman touches her dead brother’s face after coming alive on another person’s body following transplant

By Mason White 6:32 PM June 3, 2015
Rebecca Aversano touching Richard Norris 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A woman in Virginia, came face to face with her dead brother’s face after it was transplanted on another person who suffered deformities following a self inflicted gunshot wound.

39-year-old Richard Norris was severely disfigured after he accidentally shot himself in the face 18 years ago.

He underwent more than 30 operations to correct some of the damage, but he saw little improvement, leaving him depressed.

Norris’ life changed after 21-year-old Joshua Aversano died in a car accident, and his sister, Rebecca Aversano, decided to donate her dead brother’s face.

With transplant surgery, the face of Joshua Aversano was grafted into the body of Norris. Recently, Rebecca Aversano met Norris for the first time.

She was stunned, and asked Norris if she can touch the face. Norris allowed her and she backed away in disbelief, saying that she is seeing her brother alive again.

Norris underwent 36 hours of surgery at the Maryland Medical Center, in an operation that was considered controversial because he had only a 50 percent chance of survival.

Although the surgery was successful, the road ahead is not easy for Norris.

For the rest of his life, he will have to take a number of medications to suppress his immune system as it recognizes the face as a foreign object.