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Firefighter gets second chance at ‘normal’ following groundbreaking face transplant surgery

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NEW YORK -- It’s the road to recovery that has captivated the medical world. Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi firefighter who was severely disfigured while on duty in a 2001 accident, is living a normal life again after undergoing the world’s most extensive face transplant a year ago. “I guess most of you are wondering how I’m doing,” he told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. “I am happy to tell you I’m doing great - I’m the same old Pat” The 42-year-old showed off his new smile and then some – the results of the groundbreaking surgery where a team of 100 doctors at NYU Langone Medical Center gave him a new face and essentially, new life. According to his doctor, Dr, Eduardo Rodriguez, the biggest achievement by far was there is no signs that his body is rejecting his new face. “Patrick looks like his children because of the selection of the donor but also because of the underline structure or matrix which allows his facial soft tissue drape to adapt to a skeleton,” Rodriguez explained. Hardison has plans to meet the family of his donor, a victim of a bike accident, in the near future. In the meantime, he’s just grateful for a second chance. “The biggest challenge of the day, well I have five kids though – every day is a challenge,” he said. “I really don't have any challenges. The challenges were before the surgery.” “Every day I had to get up and get motivated to face the world but today I don't do that.” Hardison hopes his story will lift others especially firefighters and veterans who are going through their own obstacles – whether it be recovering from an injury or set back