Cameron Underwood's life changed completely because he had a face transplant, because, according to him, he does not get so much "look and questions from strangers". "I already have a nose and mouth, so I can laugh, talk and eat solid food again," he said.
Cameron spoke two years after the shooting in a suicide attempt. He lost his nose, the majority of the lower jaw, and all but one of the teeth in the 2016 incident.
"I am very grateful that I have a person's transplant because it gave me a second chance in life," said 26-year-old Michael at a press conference in New York, USA, on Thursday.
"I've been able to continue with the many activities I like, such as outdoors, sports and spending time with my friends and family.
"I hope that I will soon return to work and one day I will start a family."
In January this year, medical personnel from more than 100 people carried out a 25-hour operation in Cameron at the Langone Health Center at the University of New York, and their recovery was revealed this week. The operation was carried out only 18 months after Cameron's suicide attempt, which according to the center is the shortest period between injury and operation in EE history. UU
Since the first person transplant in 2005, more than 40 have been performed around the world.
The operation was in charge of Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez, who said that along with medical advances, Cameron decided to survive, which helped make the operation successful.
"In the end, it all depends on the patient, Cameron made his own part and took over the necessary obligations," he said.
Cameron's transplant was a third performed by Rodriguez, who assured that the relatively short time Cameron lived with his injuries was also an important factor in his recovery.
"Cameron did not live with his injury for a decade or more, like most other people's transplant people," he said.
"As a result, he did not have to deal with many long-term psychosocial problems that often led to problems such as severe depression, substance abuse and other potentially harmful behaviors."
During the operation, the doctor transplanted and reconstructed Cameron's upper and lower jaw, including all 32 teeth and gums. The roof and the floor of the mouth, the lower eyelids and the nose were replaced and the language needed reconstruction.
The center reported that the operation was the most advanced advanced face transplant and was the first use of a donor 3D face mask in the United States.
"My son is helping Cameron to live a better life"
The person's donor was Will Fischer, 23, who was a chess champion, a post-graduate writer and director.
"The death of my son was a tragedy," said Sally, Will's mother.
"I am grateful that, in fulfilling his decision, we can give life to others, especially that Will and Dr. Rodriguez have given Cameron and his family the opportunity to restore their dreams."
"Being part of this experience was a source of strength for me during a very difficult time.
"I do not think I could survive Will's death if it was not for Cameron, Cameron has his entire life ahead of him, and I love the idea that Willie helps him to have a better life."
During his speech at a hospital press conference, Cameron paid tribute to Will and the support of the Fischer family.
"I want Sally and her family to know how much my family and I appreciate their gift and that we will always respect Will's legacy," he said.
"There are so many incredible achievements in the operation, I'm living proof of that, but it happens only thanks to special people like Will and his family."