‘This is the face I grew up with’: Woman meets brother’s face transplant recipient

In 2012, Richard Norris became the 23rd person to receive a successful facial transplant. Now 60 Minutes Australia will air Norris’s first post-surgery meeting with family of the man whose face he now calls his own.

In this preview clip for Sunday’s upcoming episode, Rebekah Aversano meets Norris for the first time at his home in Virginia.

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“This is the face I grew up with,” Aversano says with awe, after touching Norris’s face.

After Aversano’s brother Josh was hit and killed by a minivan at age 21, his family made the decision to donate his face.

In 1997, Norris lost his nose, teeth and part of his tongue in a gun accident. Fifteen years later, he underwent extensive 36-hour surgery that had a 50 percent chance of survival. Despite the risks, he made it through.

Today, Norris is living a happier life. He’s taking online classes and working with a photojournalist on a book that details his transformation, CTV News reports.