Soldier Approved For Face Transplant In Boston

BOSTON (CBS) -Brigham and Women’s Hospital has given approval for a former soldier to receive a face transplant.

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Army Private Mitch Hunter before his accident.

Army Private Mitch Hunter of Indianapolis was left severely disfigured after saving a woman’s life during a car accident ten years ago. Hunter pushed a live wire off the woman.

Hunter now lives with a severely scarred face, a prosthetic nose and leg.

He was evaluated at Brigham and Women’s and deemed a valid face transplant candidate. Now he waits for a donor.

“That kind of does make me feel bad,” Hunter acknowledged. “I don’t want to have to wait for someone to pass away.”

So far, there have been three face transplants performed in the United States, one of them at Brigham and Women’s. It is one of only two hospitals in the country approved to perform the procedures.

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  • lieutdan's aunt

    best of luck to you mitch hunter. your rank may be pvt, but you are truly an officer and gentleman! saving that woman and putting yourself at risk is nothing short of heroic. i hope your prayers are answered soon, and the next phase of your recovery. welcome to new england where the concept of patriots/patriotism is older than a local football team. consider yourself, one of us.

  • Cynic

    I hope the Military considers his injuries in the line of duty.

    • Valerie

      @cynic: It can’t be a LOD accident — he had already been discharged in 2001 when the accident happened.

      • suesse

        what difference does it make. i am sure if you were the one he did save would you still care if he was a civillian or a soldier?
        with or without uniform the man is a hero.

  • lily

    Transplant or no transplant, Mitch, I am looking at the face of a HERO! All my hopes go out to you!

  • Willette Balsamo

    You are awesome and a handsome man whether you have a face transplant or not. Beauty comes from within and from unfelfish acts. best of luck to you and I am very proud of you!
    CPT Willette Balsamo
    Army Nurse Walter Reed

  • Paula Adams

    “That kind of does make me feel bad,” Hunter acknowledged. “I don’t want to have to wait for someone to pass away.”
    Even his comments shows him to be someone who cares about others. God bless you. America is praying for your speedy recovery. We do care. Paula Faith Birmingham, AL

  • Alice Boyd, Jacksonville, FL

    May GOD bless you and watch over you. You are truly a hero.

  • David Bourne

    The world needs more people like you who are brave enough to help others and then stand strong in the face of your own challenges. Thank you for sharing your story and we wish you all the best – you deserve it.

  • Shawn, Buffalo, NY

    Is there a fund I can donate to for his surgery?

    • Allison

      What a beautiful and thoughtful consideration. I bet that you could contact the hospital where his surgery will eventually be performed to find out how to contribute!

  • John Robertson

    You are a real Hero. I would like to wish you all the best. I am also proud of you and all of our women and men in the military. God Bless!

    John Robertson
    CWO4 (Ret), U.S. Navy
    Wellington New Zealand

  • Jack Pollock

    What a cool dude! I agree, Uncle Sam should step up and take care of this hero!

  • Gilles LeBlanc

    Your absolutly amazing, a story like that has got to get you a date. If something happened to me I would gladly give you my face. Keep it real buddy, everything will be back to normal before you know it.


    Gilles LeBlanc, 25 , Canadian

  • Mariela

    Wow!! I think I Love You:)
    You are a hero!!

  • Harry

    I salute you, sir. Good luck in all of your endeavors.

  • Rebecca

    You are a beautiful man with or without a new face. Thank you for your service and your courage!

  • Mike

    Who’s paying and what is the cost? Sorry, had to ask. We are $14 TRILLION in debt.

    • Alison

      Mike, did YOU serve for the rest of us? Methinks NOT…… As a taxpayer, I have NO ISSUE with helping to pay the cost of this ANGEL’s surgery.

      BTW, YOU could learn a LOT from Mitch!

      Mitch, you are already HANDSOME just the way you are! HUGS and GOD BLESS YOU~

    • Valerie

      @Mike: If you had bothered to really read the article, they are holding fund raisers and he is raising the money — and as for the cost — since you won’t be paying, it’s NOYDB!!!!!

  • David

    Every one should pray for this guy, and never quit praying for him. Mitch you are in my prayers..

  • Linda

    I am so proud of you and agree you are a hero!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you, the woman you saved and the doctors and nurses that will take care of you.

  • Donna

    You are truly beautiful and an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your service; thank you for your heart. When you save one life, it is as if you saved the world.
    May you receive many blessings and abundance of all you need. You will be in my prayers.

  • Sue

    Best wishes, Mitch – you are a beautiful American hero through and through. God Bless You!

  • brandon

    Wow Mitch you did something good but sorry to hear that accident that happened, best wishes, American hero!!!

  • Matt

    You are a soldier, on and off the battlefied, @Mike and for you, you are a piece of trash! I am a Sgt. currrently in Afghanistan, and this shows the values of a true soldier, and it doesn’t matter if he was discharged or not i would expect the same amount of heroism from my soldiers. I hope everything works out, and may God be with you.

  • major

    good luck soldier

  • Tina

    Mitch, I want you to know that after you eventually die, Christ will resurrect you and you will have your original face and body back– young and eternal. This is one of the two greatest gifts the Savior gives to us (the other one being the Atonement wherein he cleanses us from our sins if we choose to repent). I am happy for your transplant, but wanted you to know that something even greater will occur in the future.

  • RDG

    Proud of you… and the donor would be too. But honestly, your heart shines through… just by your words alone (not to mention your heroic actions!). Any woman would be lucky to have a man like you in her life.

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