Burn Patient on Short List for Face Donation

Fort Worth man now has health insurance through new federal law

Monday, Oct 11, 2010  |  Updated 10:27 PM CDT
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A man burned during a construction accident hopes to become the third person in the United States to have a face transplant.

Meredith Land, NBCDFW.com

A man burned during a construction accident hopes to become the third person in the United States to have a face transplant.

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Burn Patient Hopes to Become Face Transplant Case

After suffering 4th-degree burns on his face, Dallas Wiens hopes to become the third face transplant case in the U.S.
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A man burned during a construction accident hopes to become the third person in the United States to have a face transplant.

Dallas Wiens was left with barely any facial features after he sustained four-degree burns when his head touched a high-voltage power line.

He now has health insurance through a new federal law that allows him to join his parents' policy.

"I had faith that God would see me through what happened, and that allowed me to accept it, and I knew that I had my daughter to come home to," Wiens said in an interview in January.

In the interview, he said he just wants feeling and muscle control in his face. His daughter, Scarlette, is his greatest motivation.

"I can get kisses from my daughter, but I can't feel them, and I can't kiss her back," he said.

Wiens is now waiting for a face donor. He will fly to Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital for the risky surgery when he has a donor.


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