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dallas wiens Face Transplant Patient Can Feel Daughters Kisses

Fort Worth resident Dallas Wiens, 26, before and after a full face transplant procedure at Brigham and Women's Hospital. (credit: brighamandwomens.org)

BOSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A North Texas man who had a face transplant a year ago says now he can feel his daughter’s kisses.

Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Monday to follow up with his transplant team.

He had the nation’s first full face transplant a year ago and says he can use his face more than he expected. His face was burned in 2008 when his head touched a high-voltage power line while standing in a cherry picker. He was also blinded.

In March, surgeons performed the face transplant surgery and even gave Wiens new eyes.

“They are prosthetic eyes” Wiens told CBS 11 News last year. “They fit directly inside the eyelids,” he explained.

Wiens eyes were hazel before he lost them, but the color was too difficult to duplicate. So, Wiens chose a new color, steel blue.

“How many times in your life do you get to choose the color of your eyes?” he asked.

Now Wiens says feeling his daughter’s kisses has brought him to tears more than once. He also says he can go out with family and friends and not worry about what anyone thinks.

His doctor says every time the team sees him he can do and feel more things.

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