Face transplant patient abandons life as hermit, celebrates chance for a new beginning

  • Article by: SARAH BRUMFIELD , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 3:50 PM

BALTIMORE — In the 15 years between a shotgun blast that ravaged the bottom half of Richard Norris' face and the face transplant that ended a hermit-like life for him, the man from rural southwest Virginia faced cruelty from strangers, fought addiction and contemplated suicide.

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