A 37-year-old man injured in a 1997 gun accident has been given a new face, teeth, tongue and jaw in what doctors say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

Officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center announced today that Richard Lee Norris is recovering well after last week’s 36-hour surgery.

He is beginning to feel his face and already brushing his teeth and shaving. He’s also regained his sense of smell, which he had lost after the accident.

As we’ve noted a number of times, gun shot victims are not only counted in deaths. Some serioulsy damaged people suffer terribly from gun shot wounds.