The 2012 surgery involved 150 doctors and nurses and took 36 hours. Richard had jawbones, teeth, tongue, muscles and nerves replaced.

Transplant recipients do not normally meet the families of their donors. But Ms Aversano, from Maryland, came face to face with the man who received some of her brother's facial tissues and structures. She touched his face and said: "This is the face I grew up with.

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