‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

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‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

Joe DiMeo poses for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant.
Joe DiMeo and his plastic surgeon Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez pose for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in New York. In the months since his face and double hand transplant, DiMeo has not shown any signs of rejecting his new face or hands, said Rodriguez, the director of NYU Langone’s Face Transplant Program.
Physical therapist Eric Ross, left, watches as Joe DiMeo lifts weights, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had a face and double hand transplant operation last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash. “I knew it would be baby steps all the way,” DiMeo said of his recovery. “You’ve got to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And you’ve got to stay strong through everything.”
Joe DiMeo holds a tennis racket as he works in a physical therapy session, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Since leaving the hospital in November, DiMeo has been in intensive rehabilitation, devoting hours daily to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Physical therapist Eric Ross, right, watches as Joe DiMeo exercises, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the surgery last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash. “I knew it would be baby steps all the way,” DiMeo said recently. “You’ve got to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And you’ve got to stay strong through everything.”
Joe DiMeo uses his new hands to grasp a knife and fork to cut some modeling plastic during an occupational therapy session, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York. DiMeo has been in intensive rehabilitation, devoting hours daily to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Joe DiMeo plays pool with his father John at their home, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Clark, N.J., six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Back in 2018, DiMeo fell asleep at the wheel, he said, losing control of his car, which hit a curb and utility pole, flipped over, and burst into flames.
Joe DiMeo uses his cellphone while posing for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Almost six months after a rare face and hands transplant, Joe DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the operation last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash.
Joe DiMeo plays ball with his dog Buster in the backyard of his house in Clark, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. “In the future, I have a lot more plans for myself,” he said. “You got a new chance at life. You really can’t give up.”
Joe DiMeo brushes back his hair while posing for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. During a recent medical checkup, he practiced raising his eyebrows, opening and closing his eyes, puckering his mouth, giving a thumbs up and whistling. DiMeo can feel his new forehead, and often reaches up to push his long hair off of his face.
Joe DiMeo clasps his new hands, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York. In the months since his transplant surgery, DiMeo has not shown any signs of rejecting his new face or hands.
Joe DiMeo stands with his parents Rose and John in the backyard of their home in Clark, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. “In the future, I have a lot more plans for myself,” he said. “You got a new chance at life. You really can’t give up.”

‘New chance at life’: Man gets face, hands in rare surgery

Joe DiMeo poses for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant.
Joe DiMeo and his plastic surgeon Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez pose for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in New York. In the months since his face and double hand transplant, DiMeo has not shown any signs of rejecting his new face or hands, said Rodriguez, the director of NYU Langone’s Face Transplant Program.
Physical therapist Eric Ross, left, watches as Joe DiMeo lifts weights, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had a face and double hand transplant operation last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash. “I knew it would be baby steps all the way,” DiMeo said of his recovery. “You’ve got to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And you’ve got to stay strong through everything.”
Joe DiMeo holds a tennis racket as he works in a physical therapy session, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Since leaving the hospital in November, DiMeo has been in intensive rehabilitation, devoting hours daily to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Physical therapist Eric Ross, right, watches as Joe DiMeo exercises, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the surgery last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash. “I knew it would be baby steps all the way,” DiMeo said recently. “You’ve got to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And you’ve got to stay strong through everything.”
Joe DiMeo uses his new hands to grasp a knife and fork to cut some modeling plastic during an occupational therapy session, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York. DiMeo has been in intensive rehabilitation, devoting hours daily to physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Joe DiMeo plays pool with his father John at their home, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Clark, N.J., six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Back in 2018, DiMeo fell asleep at the wheel, he said, losing control of his car, which hit a curb and utility pole, flipped over, and burst into flames.
Joe DiMeo uses his cellphone while posing for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. Almost six months after a rare face and hands transplant, Joe DiMeo is relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze. The 22-year-old New Jersey resident had the operation last August, two years after being badly burned in a car crash.
Joe DiMeo plays ball with his dog Buster in the backyard of his house in Clark, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. “In the future, I have a lot more plans for myself,” he said. “You got a new chance at life. You really can’t give up.”
Joe DiMeo brushes back his hair while posing for a portrait, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at NYU Langone Health in New York, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. During a recent medical checkup, he practiced raising his eyebrows, opening and closing his eyes, puckering his mouth, giving a thumbs up and whistling. DiMeo can feel his new forehead, and often reaches up to push his long hair off of his face.
Joe DiMeo clasps his new hands, Jan. 25, 2021 in New York. In the months since his transplant surgery, DiMeo has not shown any signs of rejecting his new face or hands.
Joe DiMeo stands with his parents Rose and John in the backyard of their home in Clark, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, six months after an extremely rare double hand and face transplant. “In the future, I have a lot more plans for myself,” he said. “You got a new chance at life. You really can’t give up.”
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