Cheating Death: Medical Survival Stories
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The First Full-Face Transplant in the U.S.
On November 13, 2008, Dallas was working as an independent contractor when the scissor lift he was operating came into contact with a power line. The intense electrical heat left Dallas extremely disfigured, burning away the soft tissue of his face, all the way down to the bone.

After spending three months in a medically induced coma and undergoing more than 20 life-saving surgeries, Dallas woke and discovered the extent of his injuries. Doctors told him we would never be able to see, walk or talk again. Defying the odds, Dallas began physical and emotional therapy and eventually became the candidate for a groundbreaking, full-face transplant.


The Incident:
Dallas recounts the horrific electrical incident that took away his entire face and nearly ended his life. Plus, see the remarkable face transplant procedure that Dallas underwent.


The Transformation:
Dallas joins The Doctors as the first recipient to receive a full-face transplant in the U.S. Witness his incredible transformation.


Restored Sensation:
Dallas discusses the sensation of being able to smile and show affection again.


The Procedure:
See how a team of 30 doctors, led by plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, accomplished the amazing medical procedure.

“It weighs a mantle of responsibility on my shoulders, day in and day out, to live the greatest life that I can, to help as many people as I can help, to touch as many lives as I can in honor of not only my donor but the gift that my donor’s family has given me,” Dallas says.

Cheating Death and Finding Love
During Dallas’ initial recovery, he attended a support group for burn victims, where he not only found encouragement, but another silver lining — love.


See how texting while driving caused Jamie to experience a death defying accident, where she was trapped inside a burning vehicle and suffered severe burns to more than 70 percent of her body.


Jamie joins Dallas on stage to recount her story of survival. Plus, see how she’s using her accident to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. | Learn more about Jamie’s TXT L8R Foundation.



Despite their bleak prognoses, Dallas and Jamie both beat the odds and eventually found each other. Watch as they recall their story of falling in love.


See Dallas and Jamie’s exciting revelation and what surprise The Doctors have in store for the happy couple!


Best Friends for Life
The Doctors’ special medical correspondent, 9-year-old college student Tanishq Abraham, reports from Sacramento, California, where a second-grade student saved her best friend from choking by using the Heimlich maneuver.

• Learn how schools are using the Act+Fast Anti Choking Trainer to practice the Heimlich maneuver.

Skydiving Therapy?
Los Angeles boudoir photographers Jennifer Hoffman and Marisa Gallegos founded the “Be Bold. Take the Leap” initiative as a means for women to confront traumatic experiences — with skydiving! The goal of the initiative is to instill empowerment and inspire women to take risks and follow their dreams.

See how "taking the leap" has worked for women trying to overcome personal obstacles in their lives.

More information on the "Be Bold" initiative.

   

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