"That's when I saw the pool of blood and the dog beside it."Ah, to grimace again! I hope you appreciate your ability to grimace. Go on, celebrate life. Do some good grimacing today!
Ms. Dinoire said she went to look at herself in a mirror and "couldn't believe what I was seeing — it was too horrible."
Her lips were gone, along with her chin and much of her nose, leaving her teeth and part of her lower jawbone exposed, her doctors said....
Ms. Dinoire's doctors said it would be months before they would know how much motor control she would develop in the transplanted part of her face. But Ms. Dinoire said that "being able to show emotions through my face" was already the best thing about her transplant and that she hoped to eventually be able to smile and grimace.
She said the transplant had been a long ordeal, but that "in the end, I never really suffered."Oh, give the woman a break. She's entitled to her pleasures as she defines them. This is a person who, on awakening from a deep unconscious state with her face chewed off, did not notice that something had gone horribly wrong but that she needed a smoke. That is some serious devotion to smoking.
She defended her decision to resume smoking within weeks of the transplant, something remarked upon by the news media.
"Anyway, I never stopped smoking," she said, adding that she regrets only the trouble the news of her smoking caused.