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article imageFirst US full-face transplant recipient weds burn survivor

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 1, 2013 in Odd News
The first full-face transplant recipient in the US, Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth, Texas, and burn victim Jamie Nash, exchanged wedding vows on Saturday. The pair met at a burn survivors support group at Dallas' Parkland Hospital.
The couple got engaged last fall.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Wiens told Nash: "I am blessed beyond measure that you have chosen me, and I love you with all of my heart."
Describing the first moment she saw Wiens at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Nash said: "I just looked at him from across the room, and there was something about him."
The Daily Mail reports she said: "Things happened that I didn't think ever could be possible for me, and you made them possible. You gave me hope, and you gave me tender love that I will always treasure."
According to Belle News, Dallas Wiens, 27, was injured in an accident in November 2008 when he came into contact with a high-voltage power line. He lost his sight and suffered severe burns in the face. The accident occurred while he was painting the Ridglea Baptist Church where the couple were married on Saturday.
In 2011, he became the first American to receive a full facial transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an anonymous donor, Boston Globe reports. He underwent more than 38 surgeries which the US military paid for.
However, the surgeons were not able to restore his sight because some of the nerves were badly damaged. He now has only partial sensation on his left cheek and the left side of his forehead, Belle News reports.
Jamie Nash, 29, of Garland, Texas miraculously survived a car crash in Ennis, Texas, in 2010. The car crash happened while she was texting. Her car burst into flames and she was trapped in it. She was burned severely in about 70 percent of her body including her hands, back and legs.
According to Belle News, Pastor Scott Cox said about 200 people including doctors, nurses and staff at the Parkland Hospital attended the wedding at Ridglea Baptist Church.
The pastor said the couple believe that God brought them together.
Nash said: "It's a story of hope, a story of true survivors. If we can do it, I guarantee you, anybody out there can. We all have a story. We're all going through something. And I want to give everybody hope."
According to the Daily Mail, Wiens walked down the aisle with Del Petersen of Forth Worth, his grandfather and retired banker who stayed by his side during his recovery after the accident.
Sue Peterson, Del's wife, observed: "He’s marrying someone who can share about their pain that they've gone through, and their recoveries. They have fantastic attitudes about why they’re where they are."
Nash was escorted by her father.
The Dallas Morning News reports this is the second marriage for both Wiens and Nash. Wiens has a 5-year-old daughter, Scarlette. Nash has a 10-year-old daughter Samantha and a 6-year-old son Lucas.
Wiens filed for divorce before the accident. He said he was not thinking of love or marriage when he met Nash. He said: "I had sworn off love and relationships. I had no desire to be in one whatsoever."
But soon the two were dating.
Nash joked: "I told him it’s got to be love, because I’m not sick of you. I know I've never felt more real than this."
The two say they plan to put their pasts behind them. Wiens said: "There’s no reason to dwell on the past. It’s dead and gone. It burned in the fire."
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