02:59 - Source: CNN
A man gets a new face

Richard Lee Norris’s life had changed when a devastating gun shot had severely damaged his face. The young man only left his house wearing a mask for years to avoid stares and comments on his face. But a marathon surgery by an elite transplant surgery team led by Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez of the University of Maryland Medical Center reversed the damage dramatically. They repaired Norris’ jaw, teeth and tongue, and gave Norris a new look. The reconstructive procedure took 10 years of research at the University of Maryland Medical Center and funds from the Office of Naval Research in the Department of Defense. Dr. Rodriguez, who is the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, shares the amazing story on “Starting Point” this morning.