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: Mask Mandate Changes Anticipated In Massachusetts; Restaurants Wait For State Guidance
Hunter now lives with a severely scarred face, a prosthetic nose and leg.READ MORE: Exit Renumbering Project Moves To Interstate 495
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: 'Unthinkable Loss': 2 Cousins Drown While Skipping Rocks At Waldo Lake In Brockton
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.