I saw this article relating to a face transplant that occurred in Maryland within the last week or so. This article is extremely relevant to the book we just discussed (Autobiography of a Face). The man who received the transplant needed one due to a gunshot wound and damage from about 15 years ago. The article can be found here:
The story is an amazing one. The medical technology and techniques that we now know are phenomenal. I wish I could interview this guy and ask him how he feels about having a new face after hiding behind a mask for so long and having to use a breathing tube to breathe. The transplanted face came from a donor whose other organs were also donated to save 5 lives. The article states that the recipient’s new face is a combination of his own face and the donor’s face and a little bit of customization. I wonder how this man feels about having another person’s face fused into his. I also wonder how that impacts his identity. How would you feel? Would you be relieved to have the new face so you can appear what is “normal” to society? Or would you have some reservations and other ideals about how this re-creates your identity?