It was a moment they will never forget. Fearful Lilly Ross agreed to finally see the person wearing the transplanted face of her husband.
Andy Sandness was disfigured when he tried to commit suicide in 2006 and in 2016 he received the face of a person who took his own life. Only 16 months later he met the wife of that person, who authorized the transplant, as reported by American Web Media.
Doctors from the Mayo Clinic began studying the possibility of performing face transplants in 2012 and, in 2016, Andy managed to enter the waiting list. Calen's age, blood type, skin color, and facial structure fit almost perfectly into those of Sandness.
The Mayo Clinic of the United States organized a meeting last October, in which Andy Sandness was able to meet Lilly Ross, the widow of the man, Calen «Rudy» Ross, who donated the face, which was transplanted in this hospital center.
The whole process took a 56-hour operation, and it has become the first transplant of these characteristics in this clinic. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
Ross, with his little Leonard in his arms, walked towards Sandness, and tears welled up in their eyes as they held each other tightly. The woman was nervous before the meeting, afraid to remember her husband, who took his own life.
But her stress quickly faded, seeing that, without Calen's eyes, forehead or strong cheeks, he did not look like him, she told herself.
With this meeting, Lilly Ross faced her fears. Now both feel like family so much that Andy Sandness is going to contribute money to a fund for the education of Leonard, the son that Calen did not know.
"I want to show you that his gift has not been in vain," Sandness told the woman.