Norris’s face was left disfigured after he accidentally shot himself in the face with a shot gun.
The surgery was considered the most extensive face transplant performed to date.
Here is Norris speaking with Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who led the surgical team that performed the face transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
GQ contributor Jeanne Marie Laskas approached Norris to feature in the August 2014 issue. In an interview with the men’s magazine, Norris says that he’s received thousands of letters from fans. One of those fans is now his girlfriend.
Despite still being very vulnerable to health problems, Norris spoke optimistically about his experience, telling Laskas: “A drop of hope can create an ocean, but a bucket of faith can create an entire world.”