Dallas Wiens: US Face Transplant Recipient Weds Burn Victim Girlfriend Jamie Nash [VIDEO]
Dallas Wiens, the only person in U.S. history to successfully receive a full-face transplant, was married on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. The Dallas Morning News reports that the 27-year-old exchanged vows with Jamie Nash, 29, a burn victim whom Wiens met in 2011 at a burn victims support group at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
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Four and a half years after Dallas Wiens suffered a horrible electrical accident that left his face completely burned off, he and Nash made their nuptial vows at the same church where Wiens' accident took place, the Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Wiens was a Texas construction worker when the accident occurred back in 2008. The then-23-year-old was severely disfigured and left permanently blind when his face came in contact with a high-voltage wire while he was up in a cherry picker painting the exterior of the church. In 2011, 30 doctors and staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston operated on Wiens for 15 hours, replacing his face with that of an unidentified dead person. According to Reuters, Wiens spent three months unconscious at the hospital and underwent more than 20 major surgeries to repair his face. He received a new nose, skin, lips and muscle.
AP reported that the Defense Department paid for the transplant from a $3.4 million grant that was given to the hospital for research. The Defense Department hopes to find viable ways to help servicemen and servicewomen whose faces are severely damaged during combat.
Nash was in a bad car accident in June of 2010 that left her with severe burns all over her body. Reuters reports that over 70 percent of Nash's body was burned, and that she now speaks at schools and churches about texting and driving.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Both Wiens and Nash have been married before. Wiens has a 5-year-old daughter and Nash has a 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy.
You can see video of Dallas Wiens at ABC News.
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