Patrick Hardison was burnt beyond recognition in a 2001 fire incident where he and his crew were dispatched to put out a fire alongside at a house in Senatobia, Mississippi. The burning ceiling collapsed and fell on the firefighter, melting his mask and burning his face under intense heat. Since then, his face has turned into what many people didn’t like to see. Even his own children were afraid of seeing him.
Patrick told ABC News:
“My kids were scared of me. You can’t blame them. They’re young kids.”
A life-changing process which took 100 surgeons, nurses and assistants more than 26 hours to complete was carried out on Patrick’s face earlier this year. He was given a full facial transplant – a surgery where he was warned of a 50 – 50 survival ratio.
Narrating how glad he felt after the process which made him spend 63 days in hospital, the 41-year-old narrated:
“Normal has become a reality over the year. Normal was something I never thought I’d see again.
“Now I’m just the average guy walking down the street. People – they can look at me and tell something’s happened, but they would never look at me and think that I’d had a face transplant.”