Cheating Death: Medical Survival Stories

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.

“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.

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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