Rebekah Aversano touches the face of Richard Norris
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Face transplant patient meets donor's sister

A woman whose brother was killed in a car accident has met the man who was given his face, in a pioneering transplant operation.

Footage from Channel 9's 60 Minutes Australia shows the moment that Rebekah Aversano sees - and touches - the face of her dead brother on another person for the first time following the operation.

The recipient, Richard Norris, was injured in a shotgun incident 15 years ago.

James Partridge, the founder and chief executive of Changing Faces - a charity which supports people with facial disfigurements - told the Victoria Derbyshire programme he did not know of a case where the family of the donor has met the person who has received the face.

  • 29 May 2015
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