BOSTON (CBS) -Brigham and Women’s Hospital has given approval for a former soldier to receive a face transplant.
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.READ MORE: 'It Was Shocking': American Flag Torn Down, Stolen From Pulaski Park In Boston
Hunter now lives with a severely scarred face, a prosthetic nose and leg.READ MORE: Wait Time Between Flu Shot And Booster? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers COVID Vaccine Questions
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.”MORE NEWS: Northeastern Rowing Team Rescues Man After Car Crashes Into Charles River
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.