About Face

The first full face transplant recipient in the United States [pictured here on left] showed off his new look Monday alongside doctors who performed the surgery.   Video

Okay, that photo is a pretty tasteless commentary on my part, so here’s a harmless (and somewhat less tasteless — somewhat) — joke:

The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident, an Anchorage man answered his door to find two grim faced Alaska State Troopers.

“We’re sorry Mr. Wilkens, but we have some information about your wife.”, said one of the troopers.

“Tell me!  Did you find her?”, Wilkens exclaimed.

The troopers looked at each other.  One said, “We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which would you like to hear first?”

Fearing the worst, the ashen Mr. Wilkens said, “Give me the bad news first.”

The trooper said, “I’m sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife’s body in Kachemak Bay.”

“Oh my God!”, exclaimed Wilkens.  Swallowing hard, he asked, “What’s the good news?”

The trooper continued, “When we pulled her up, she had 12 twenty-five-pound king crabs and 6 good-sized Dungeness crabs clinging to her, and we feel you are entitled to a share in the catch.”

Stunned, Mr. Wilkens demanded, “If that’s the good news, then what’s the great news?”

The trooper replied, “We’re going to pull her up again tomorrow.”

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5 Responses to About Face

  1. Stan Garde says:

    Holy crap. I don’t know what’s more amazing — that the poor guy survived the accident, or that he got a new face.

  2. Joe Balls says:

    According to news reports, his new nose, lips, skin, muscles, and nerves come from “an anonymous donor.” So what does THAT guy now look like?

  3. Diesel Fitter says:

    This reminds me of a leper joke:

    Q: Why did they stop the lepers’ hockey game?
    A: There was a face off in the far corner.

  4. Dr. Robert Bentley, M.D says:

    It wasn’t a very good job. I’d call it a shit face. The ubiquitous “D” is not needed in this context.

    • Lois Terms says:

      I disagree. Considering where they started, I think it was a miraculous job. Those physicians certainly “saved face.” Heh.

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