Widow meets man wearing dead husband’s face (Photos)

A woman whose husband fatally shot himself got a glimpse of his face again after not seeing him for nearly two years.

Lilly Ross was 19-years-old and eight months pregnant when her late husband, Calen “Rudy” Ross killed himself in June 2016.

Ten years earlier, Andy Sandness, 21, had held a gun below his chin and pulled the trigger.

Miraculously, he survived, but surgeons couldn’t save his face. He spent years as a recluse, avoiding mirrors and social interactions.

A year and a half ago he received a face transplant from Calen Ross, whose widow he met for the first time at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on Oct. 27.

Lilly said she initially had reservations about the procedure.

“I was skeptical at first,” she said. “I didn’t want to walk around and all of a sudden see Calen,” she told The Telegraph.

Lilly Ross, who lost her own husband to suicide, got a glimpse of his face on face transplant recipient Andy Sandness.

 She was reassured that the prospective recipient had his own eyes and forehead, and would not look identical to her husband.

And so after consulting with her husband’s best friend, she agreed to donate his face.

Ross met Sandness for the first time at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He was wearing her dead husband’s face after a successful face transplant nearly a year and a half earlier, The Telegraph reported.

The procedure reportedly took more than 50 hours.

“I wanted to show you that your gift will not be wasted,” Sandness told Lilly Ross as he hugged her, The Telegraph reported.

Lilly Ross said she was relieved that Sandness did not look too much like her husband.

She recognized a hairless patch on Sandness’ chin, where her husband was never able to grow facial hair.

Sandness Told Lilly he and Calen had similar interests, including hunting and fishing in the wilderness.

He said his new face is allowing him to rediscover life.




About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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