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Feb 22, 2017

Meet Andy: Mayo Clinic’s First Face Transplant Patient

By Mayo Clinic Transplant Staff, @mayoclinictransplantstaff

Last week, Mayo Clinic announced a major milestone for its transplant center: in June 2016, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians and other health professionals completed a near-total face transplant on a Wyoming man named Andy Sandness. Read about Andy’s miraculous journey and join us in wishing him well as he heads back to Wyoming.

Read Andy’s full story.

2017-02-21 Andy


What an amazing story!! Both for the patient and for all the surgeons that collaborated to make this miracle happen for him. Top notch care at Mayo Clinic!!


Andy Sandness, I am sending you my most sincere wishes for many more years of life as you continue to move forward on this miraculous journey. You have remarkable strength , determination, and a beautiful smile.


Best wishes, Andy Sandness! Enjoy your restored life and continue to shine brightly in the world. Teresa


Andy, what a remarkable journey you have been on. I am so happy for you that you have been able to now live a more normal life. The years in between can be a distant memory.

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