The patient who had the world's first full face transplant showed himself to the world today, the AP reports. The 31-year-old, identified only as Oscar, thanked his doctors and the family of the face donor at a hospital in Barcelona. Though he underwent surgery in March, Oscar has only been able to talk for 2 months, and he spoke with considerable difficulty during the press conference.
He can currently breathe, drink liquids and eat soft foods, but doctors say Oscar will need 12 to 18 months of physical therapy before he gains full control over his new face. By then, he is expected to regain 90% of normal facial functions. The full details of Oscar's story are not known, but past reports have described him as a farmer who accidentally shot himself in the face.
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