When tragedy strikes a volunteer firefighter in the line of duty, the results can be life shattering.
That’s what happened to Mississippi volunteer firefighter, Patrick Hardison. He lost pretty much every feature on his face after he got third-degree burns on his face, head, neck and upper body. Hardison’s life will never be the same. He’s been through more than 70 surgeries…but he isn’t the type of guy to give up.
This week, a medical team in NYU did something people only see in the movies…they rebuilt nearly all of Hardison’s face in the most extensive face transplant in history. This groundbreaking procedure has never been done before. This wasn’t a quick job either…it took 100 doctors a total of 26 hours to finish.
The man who donated his organs and face was David Rodebaugh, a 26-year-old Brooklyn artist who was killed while riding his bike.
“I hope they see in me the goodness of their decision,” Hardison said in regards to the Rodebaugh family. “I am very excited to share my story to help others, especially fellow firefighters and members of the armed services who have been injured in the line of duty. Now I look forward to returning home to my own family and loved ones.”
Hardison is a true inspiration for strength and perseverance.