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Fort Worth Man Looks Forward to Face Transplant



    A construction accident left 25-year-old Dallas Wiens disfigured, now he's on the waiting list for a face transplant. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010)

    A Fort Man whose face was burned in a construction accident says a face transplant would help him get back to his normal life.

    Dallas Wiens, 25, was placed on a waiting list for a face transplant last week.

    "I firmly believe that one day I will be back to where I was," he said Wednesday.

    "This option would just be giving me back a normal life," he said. "I can be the father that my daughter deserves."

    Burn Patient Hopes to Become Face Transplant Case

    [DFW] 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.
    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010)

    Wiens sustained fourth-degree burns while doing work on his church in 2008.

    "I lost control of the lift and ended up moving directly into the power lines, which I took the high line of the power lines to my left temple," he said.

    He spent three months in Parkland Hospital's burn unit in a medically induced coma.  A long road of physical therapy awaited him after.

    "It was stressful," he said. "It wore on me a lot to have to try and stand up when I was petrified that I was going to fall."

    Wiens' strength is rooted in his 3-year-old daughter, who he loves more than anything in the world.

    "What gave me the desire and tenacity to continue fighting was my love for her, my thoughts of her," he said.

    His daughter only sees him as a hero.

    "She could see that I didn't look the same, but to her I always am 'Daddy,' and that's all that's ever mattered to her," Wiens said.

    As soon as doctors have a donor, Wiens and his grandfather will travel to Boston for the transplant surgery. The surgery is not yet available in Texas.

    Only two face transplants have been successfully completed in the United States.