I read about this sad case last week and I honestly thought the surgical outcome would be different. Is this really an improvement over how he used to look? And why do patients who receive face transplants feel the need to go public with their new faces?

A young man whose face had been disfigured by tumors proudly stood before the media this week.

"I am full of joy and happiness," the man, identified only as Rafael, told the press. "I want to thank the family of the donor and the medical team."

With him was his mother, Juana, and sister, Belen, as well as members of the surgical team. Doctors replaced the bottom two-thirds of Rafael's face in January because of a congenital disease that left it deformed with benign tumors.

He appeared happy to answer questions from the press, but had a special request: Leave him alone.

"Please, after this press conference I want you to leave me, my family and my friends in peace," he said.

If he really wants his family to be in peace, why go public?

Source NYDN

  • FloridaChick813

    If he really wants his family to be in peace, why go public?
    ______________________

    PREACH!!!!

    On another note: I wall pray for him and his family. People can be very cruel at times, and I have a feeling he will be picked at and made fun of wherever he goes. Poor guy!!

  • ReadTheBlog

    He looks like the guy that was in that movie with Cher. MASK!

  • nicolejordan81

    From the shapes/disfigurment of his head it really looks like he had that "Elephan Man" disease and from a realistic standpoint--he obviously has a couple more surgeries to go (@ Sandy) before the process is complete!! I say God Bless Him (all involved)! :yes:

  • http://twitter.com/LaydeeJustice LadyJustice *\o/*

    he reminds me of harry from harry and the hendersons. oh noooo :(

  • Cinnamon Kisses

    @ flo......I agree people are sooo mean. poor guy.....its good to hear he is happy.

  • tampa813

    Yeah he should kept this private cause some people won't be understandng or compassionate about his condition. God bless him though.

  • aqtpie

    Maybe he will be out and about and wants to have peace at that time, so he gave the photo op upfront!!

  • OutsidetheBox

    ARE YOU SERIOUS???!?!!? FACE TRANSPLANTS ARE STILL REMARKABLE FEATS...of course people will go public. And why not get the gawking from insensitive ass people over with... might as well!

    Got to be more careful. SMH.

  • aqtpie

    Or maybe people have been wanting photos and interviews and have been hounding him, his family and friends and he took the pic so they know what he looks like post surgery and now he wants peace!!

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    Bless his heart!

  • Man, I just don’t care™

    My day would have went just fine without seeing this.

  • ReadTheBlog

    :yawn:

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    @Sandra, you are mean. Some thoughts are better left in your head rather than expressed. You are a nurse. You should know better.

  • natrlbeauty08

    He probably went public to keep the press from hounding and following him in an attempt to get the first picture. Good for him and I wish his well on his recovery path.

  • Anna

    natrlbeauty08 says:

    He probably went public to keep the press from hounding and following him in an attempt to get the first picture. Good for him and I wish his well on his recovery path.

    ~~~~~~~~
    That was my guess. It's like celebs w/the first baby pics. I wish him well.

  • Anna

    tampa813 says:

    Yeah he should kept this private cause some people won’t be understandng or compassionate about his condition. God bless him though.

    ~~~~~~~~
    It's are job as parents to teach compassion to our kids. I don't feel anything wrong with this man wanting to show what he looks like. Beauty really is on the inside and not the outside anyway. I use to know some very beautiful looking ppl, but their stank attiude and ugly ways will never ever allow their outer beauty to shine anymore.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sidebar: Does anyone know how my sista formerly know as MsHawthorne is doing?

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Known, not know. Sorry.

  • tampa813

    Very well said Anna. I guess I didn't look at it from that angle.

  • Daisy

    God Bless him and his family

    There is always somebody going through something worse than you. Thanks you Jesus for ALL of my blessings even when I don't do right! AMEN

  • LuvKaya

    and this is how i know there is a God... man can not replicate what was originally done by God...not even come close.

  • qtipthecat

    :pray: for him and his family. Maybe now the press will leave them alone.

  • glamdiva83

    As long as he's happy that should be the only thing that matter...& I agree he should've kept this private

  • Ashley

    He can do what he wants to do. I dont care. If he is Happy, wonderful! God bless him.

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    He looks like a guy that tried to hook up with me back in the day. I didn't want his because he was a street pharmacist though.

    God bless this man and his fam!

  • Mother Jefferson

    Anna says:

    tampa813 says:

    Yeah he should kept this private cause some people won’t be understandng or compassionate about his condition. God bless him though.

    ~~~~~~~~
    It’s are job as parents to teach compassion to our kids. I don’t feel anything wrong with this man wanting to show what he looks like. Beauty really is on the inside and not the outside anyway. I use to know some very beautiful looking ppl, but their stank attiude and ugly ways will never ever allow their outer beauty to shine anymore.
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    :preach:

  • starr

    God bless him. Face Transplant are fairly new, they'll get better with time.

    And Amen @ Daisy

  • spongebobfan

    Is this before or after? wow..smh

  • http://smokiesays.blogspot.com/ Smokie

    Man, that was MEAN even for you Sandra. Even though you, Sandra, have deep insecurities and problems yourself, you can not BEGIN to understand all of the pain this man has went through. How can you even speak on his decision to go "public"? WOW.

    I think aqtpie it the nail on the head. He just wants to answer everyones questions and move on.

  • Krysi J

    Man....

    this is a sad story. I feel sorry him.

  • MissGauzzz

    :blink: bless him...he's a brave soul...we all know people can be cruel and about stupid when you look what is considered normal...much less have an issue going on like this. he's not really gon' get "left alone" when he goes out in public.

  • BeautifulBliss

    Bless his heart!
    That's all I can say!

  • Ms.Everything

    I agree with @aqtpie. The press (not the blogs) have been talking about this man since before the procedure and have probably been hounding him for the after picture. He really had no choice if he wanted to get rid of the reporters

    And :cosign: @Anna