Widow meets man who received transplanted face of her late husband
Updated November 10, 2017 20:40:16
Sixteen months after transplant surgery gave Andy Sandness the face that had belonged to Calen “Rudy” Ross, he met Lilly Ross, the woman who had agreed to donate her high school sweetheart’s visage to a man who lived nearly a decade without one.
The two came together last month in a meeting arranged by the Mayo Clinic, the same place where Andy underwent a 56-hour surgery, and the clinic’s first such transplant.
With her toddler Leonard in tow, a tearful Lilly met Andy, and the two embraced.
“I wanted to show you that your gift will not be wasted,” Andy told Lilly.
Lilly had fretted before the meeting, fearful of the …