*It has got to be one of the most difficult things ever, having to grapple with the thought of donating the organs of your deceased loved one.
And while donating a lung or kidney is what we hear about most often, can you imagine being faced with the dilemma to donate your loved one’s face?
It is probably hard for many of us to even fathom such a thing.
But not only did Rebekah Aversano and her family determine it was the right thing to do, she eventually took up the opportunity to meet the recipient.
Aversano’s brother, Joshua, was killed by a motorist driving a van as he crossed the street in 2013.
And in 2012, Richard Norris, who had accidentally shot himself in the face with a shotgunt age 22, got another chance at living a normal life, after a team of Baltimore physicians gave him a face transplant– the face of the deceased Joshua Aversano, according to People magazine.
In an emotional segment of 60 Minutes Australia that airs on Sunday (scroll down to see video), Rebekah meets the recipient of her brothers face transplant donated by her family.
“Do you mind if I touch it?” Rebekah asks Norris, who agrees.
“Wow,” she says. “This is the face that I grew up with.”
Graphic photos directly below:
Richard Norris was featured on the cover of GQ magazine last August, the photo directly below is what he looked like when he met the Rebekah.
See the dramatic video directly below and read more about the surgery at Huffington Post