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: 'I Thought It Was A Scam': Darrell Washington Of Weymouth, Daniela Maldonado Of Chelsea Named First VaxMillions Winners
Hunter now lives with a severely scarred face, a prosthetic nose and leg.READ MORE: 'It Was Just Horrific': 2 Hospitalized After Early Morning Car Crash In Easton
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: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Charged With Indecent Assault In Wellesley
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.