After a mostly reclusive life since 1997 because of his disfiguring wounds, Richard Lee Norris has finally come out of hiding.
WASHINGTON — A Virginia man who received a full-face transplant says he's now able to walk past people without a second look.
Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va. was injured in a gun accident in 1997 and said he rarely left home afterward, shopping at night so he wouldn't be stared at. Now, he's finally coming out of hiding.
Norris received the face transplant in a 36-hour operation in March. It included the replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck.
Norris told The Washington Post he's been doing well and has been regaining his speech, which is improving daily.