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Face Transplant Patient Can Now Feel Daughter’s Kisses

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A Texas man who had a face transplant a year ago says now he can feel his daughter’s kisses.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports.


Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Monday to follow up with his transplant team.

He had the nation’s first full face transplant a year ago and says he can use his face more than he expected. His face was burned in 2008 when his head touched a high-voltage power line while standing in a cherry picker. He was also blinded.

He says feeling his daughter’s kisses has brought him to tears more than once.

“It brought me to tears because I realized it at that point how pressure it was,” said Weins. “I knew how pressure it was when she’d kiss me and I couldn’t feel it. I realized how much I missed that.”

He also says he can go out with family and friends and not worry about what anyone thinks.

“I would say that one act, actively getting sensation has made everything I’ve ever gone through my life, including the injury, worth it,” said Weins.

His doctor says every time the team sees him he can do and feel more things.

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