Mitch Hunter, a former United States Army soldier suffered a horrible disfigurement in 2011 during a traffic accident. When he was 21, a car he was a passenger in smashed into an electrical pylon.
Hunter was able to push a female passenger in the car out of harm’s way, but he was hit with a massive electrical charge that entered his body through his foot and exited through his face.
The incident caused severe physical damage to Hunter’s face. He underwent numerous reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts which, while helpful, did not result in the level of repair that would have been hoped for.
However, five years ago, Hunter underwent a face transplant. He is one of only a few people in the world to have taken part in the procedure, and today the results are nothing short of miraculous.
‘Imagine walking into a room and like falling, and everybody noticing. That’s how it was every time I walked in a room because of the way my face looked.’
‘I feel just as healthy as I did when I was 21, and I feel great,’ Hunter told WISHTV8 in an interview at his Speedway home on Monday, as he sat with his son Clayton.
‘I look back on it as something that made me stronger,’ he said.
‘I mean, yeah, I’d like to have my leg and my face back, but without that happening I wouldn’t be who I am today.’