Poland's first face transplant patient, identified only by his first name Grzegorz, speaks at a press conference after he was discharged from the hospital, in Gliwice, Poland, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The 33-year-old man said he owes his doctor "everything" following a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three weeks after losing his nose, upper jaw and cheeks in an accident at the brick factory where he worked. (AP Photo/Tomasz Griessgraber) POLAND OUT
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's first face transplant patient has thanked his doctors at a news conference before being discharged home, just 11 weeks after the extensive surgery.
The 33-year-old man received a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three weeks after losing his nose, upper jaw and cheeks in a workplace accident. Doctors say it was the world's fastest time frame for such an operation.
Doctors who performed the transplant at a cancer clinic in Gliwice, in southern Poland, said the rehabilitation is proceeding surprisingly fast, thanks to the "courage and determination" of the patient, identified only as Grzegorz.
He can see, eat, taste and speak, although his speech is hard to understand because the face muscles still need to regain mobility. He will also need surgery on an eyelid.