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    Firefighter Receives Record Facial Transplant

    He knows how to face difficulty. Mississippi firefighter Patrick Hardison nearly died 14 years ago when a horrific blaze disfigured his face. The 41-year-old has endured 71 operations, including the world’s most extensive facial transplant, donated by a former Brooklyn bike messenger, in August. Hardison’s facing long odds — five of the other 30 face transplant recipients have died after their operations — and doctors say there’s a 50 percent chance his body will reject it, likely killing him. But Hardison remains undeterred, confidently claiming his new look, saying, “It’s mine.”

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