Face Transplant and Organ Recipients Meet Donor's Mother for the First Time

ABC NEWS | By Juju Chang, Ben Newman, Ashley LOuszko, Ignacio Torre

The Moment Face Transplant Recipient Meets Donor's Mother
Nancy Millar paced nervously as she prepared to meet a man she had never seen before, but whose face she would already knew.

“I’m going to try not to lose it,” she said, wiping away tears.

The man was Pat Hardison, who underwent a groundbreaking last year, which was only made possible because of Millar’s decision to donate her son David Rodebaugh’s face and organs.

Rodebaugh died last summer after sustaining a head injury in a bicycle accident in Brooklyn, New York. He was 26 years old.

Millar wondered if Hardison's forehead would still show the chicken pox scar her son’s once had.

“He [Rodebaugh] used to always just bend over and kiss me on the forehead and so we’d reciprocate it,” she said. “As soon as he’d leave that’d be the last thing I do. I’d hug him and kiss him on the forehead. We did it since he was little, since he had chicken pox.” VIDEO Continue reading
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