May 24, 2018
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Face-transplant recipient marries burn victim

Ian C. Bates | The Dallas Morning News | REUTERS
Ian C. Bates | The Dallas Morning News | REUTERS
Dallas Wiens, right, and Jamie Nash have their first dance at their reception at The Flying Saucer in Forth Worth, Texas on March 30, 2013. Wiens was the first American to receive a full face transplant after accidentally touching a high voltage wire while on a construction job. He met Nash at a burn victim support group at Parkland Memorial Hospital after Nash had been in a bad car accident that left her with severe burns throughout her body.
By Reuters

Face-transplant recipient Dallas Wiens married a fellow burn victim on Saturday in the same church where his face was melted in an electrical accident, the Dallas Morning News reported.

In 2011, Wiens received the first full face transplant ever performed in the United States.

Wiens, 27, was married to Jamie Nash of Garland, Texas, at Ridglea Baptist Church in Fort Worth before 150 people, the newspaper said on its website.

“I am blessed beyond measure that you have chosen me, and I love you with all of my heart,” the daily quoted Wiens as telling Nash.

Wiens, a Fort Worth native, met Nash in 2011 at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, where they attended the same support group for burn victims.

Nash, 29, was burned over 70 percent of her body in a one-car accident in June 2010. Today she speaks at schools and churches about the perils of texting while driving.

Wiens was in a cherry picker painting the Ridglea church in November 2008 when his left temple touched a high-voltage wire. His face was burned to the skull and he was left sightless.

Wiens was unconscious at Parkland hospital for three months and underwent more than 20 major surgeries.

It is the second marriage for both Wiens and Nash. Wiens has a 5-year-old daughter, and Nash has a 10-year-old daughter and a son, 6.

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