US soldier Mitch Hunter who received one of the world’s first ever face transplant speaks out

Mitch Hunter was just 21 when a car he was in smashed into a 10,000-volt electrical pylon 15 years ago.

He pushed the female passenger next to him out of harm’s way. As he did, a near-lethal force of electricity surged up his foot, through his body, and out of his face.

Within five minutes the former soldier was unrecognizable.

Despite undergoing more than 20 initial corrective operations – grafting skin from his legs, arms and back – children would still scream at the sight of him in the street.

In a desperate bid to regain some normalcy in his life, Indiana-based Hunter submitted himself to become one of the first people in the world to receive a face transplant in 2011.

Five years later, now 35, the father-of-three has spoken out to describe his incredible recovery, insisting he has never felt better.


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