Transplant may not be option for Fort Worth man who lost his face

Dallas Wiens

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Even the experts had their doubts that Dallas Wiens could recover from a devastating electrical shock.

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Posted on June 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Blindness could keep a Fort Worth man from getting a face transplant.

News 8 first introduced you to Dallas Wiens last year. He lost his face when he was burned by a live electrical wire.

Wiens has undergone several surgeries, but still can't see out of his right eye.

The Cleveland Clinic won't consider blind patients for a face transplant because they are unable to inspect their face daily for signs of rejection.

The only other U.S. medical center to have performed the groundbreaking surgery — Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston — is considering Wiens as a candidate.

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