Woman Meets The Man Who Received Her Deceased Brother's Face: 'Can I Touch It?'

An incredible moment.

Imagine meeting the man wearing your deceased brother's face. 

It sounds like something out of science fiction movie, but that's precisely what happened to Rebekah Aversano — a woman who lost her brother, Joshua, after he was hit by oncoming traffic in 2012. But when the Aversano family agreed to donate Joshua's face to Maryland resident Richard Norris, they ensured that more than just his memory would live on. 

Norris, who was in need of the transplant, had accidentally shot himself in the face at 22 years old. He was left disfigured until receiving Josh's face nearly 15 years later, according to NBC News

Now, Rebekah Aversano will meet Norris for the first time in a 60 Minutes Australia special. In the show's emotional promo clip, Aversano recognizes her brother's features immediately. 


"That's the face I grew up with," she says before asking to touch it.

The surgery was performed three yeas ago, and according to CNN, it took specialists at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) 36 hours to complete.

"For the past 15 years I lived as a recluse hiding behind a surgical mask and doing most of my shopping at night when less people were around," says Norris in a statement released by UMMC.

Since 2005, more than 20 facial transplants have been performed worldwide.

The 60 Minutes Australia episode will air this Sunday. 

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