ABC News Captures Story of Face Transplant

By Andrew Gauthier 

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In January of 2009, an ABC News crew began documenting the story of Joseph Helfgot, an entertainment executive who needed a heart transplant. Helfgot would never receive a new heart, but instead would donate his own organs to save others — including his face for the world’s second face transplant.

ABC News, and the crews assembling what would become “Boston Med,” suddenly had quite a story to tell.

This morning, after a screening on the 22nd Floor of ABC News headquarters in New York, Susan Whitman-Helfgot talked about how the end of her husband’s life meant a new beginning for Jim Maki. More…