2. Mitch Hunter – Car Accident
In an act of bravery, a soldier and Indiana man sacrificed his face while saving the life of a woman in danger.
In 2001, Mitch Hunter was in a car accident. The car ran into a utility pole, and the pole collapsed on several people. Mitch saw that a live wire was lying atop a woman and he ran to her side. He removed the wire, but in so doing, he came into contact with the electrical cable for a solid five minutes – his entire face was gone.
Mitch lived in pain for several years with burned facial skin and missing facial features. Then, he encounteredDr. Bohdan Pomhac, who offered to perform a face transplant for Mitch at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In the surgery, Dr. Pomhac replaced Mitch’s nose, eyelids, and lips as well as the facial animation muscles and nerves that power them. Years after the surgery, Mitch can speak fully, feel the skin on his face, grow facial hair, and effortlessly move the muscles around his mouth.