Face transplantee can see, smell, taste… and SMILE again.

Laboratory Equipment has some good news about a guy who’s had a pretty hard time… Richard Lee Norris needed a new face, and he got one from the University of Maryland that seems to be working:

Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Lee Norris of Hillsville, Va. received the transplant in a 36-hour surgery in March. It included the replacement of both jaws, teeth, tongue, skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck.

The university says Norris, who was injured in a gun accident in 1997, spends his time fishing and golfing. He was quoted as saying he is regaining his speech and can smile and show expression.