On 16 June last year, Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating theatre at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to undergo one of the rarest surgeries in the world.
Three weeks later, he would gaze in a mirror, unsure what he would see.
Reflected back at him was the face of another man: the nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, jaw, chin and even the teeth of his donor, Calen Ross.
What the two men had in common was that they had both, at the age of 21, turned a gun on themselves.
Unable to speak clearly after seeing his new face, Mr Sandness wrote a note for his doctors and family to read: “Far exceeded my expectations.”
Mr Sandness, from Wyoming, was left with a face almost completely destroyed after his attempt on his life in 2006.
After extensive surgery, he still told people he had been in a hunting accident to explain his …
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