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Love conquers all for burn victims

Last updated 09:26 02/04/2013
Fairfax NZ

The first person in the United States to receive a full face-plant procedure has married a woman he met in a support group for burn victims.

Jamie Nash
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HAPPY COUPLE: Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash say God brought them together after both were badly burnt in accidents.

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A man who became the first person in America to receive a full face transplant after a 2008 power line accident has wed another burn victim he met at a support group.

Dallas Wiens and Jamie Nash exchanged vows on Sunday (NZT) at the Fort Worth church where Wiens was critically hurt.

Their pastor, Scott Cox, said about 200 people attended the wedding at Ridglea Baptist Church in Texas. Cox said the couple told him they believed God had brought them together.

In a recent post on social media, Nash said "I am Dallas' eyes, while he has my heart".

"I would truly feel lost without him by my side," she wrote last year. "Our love is deep and strong, and together we will achieve greatness."

Wiens was painting the church in 2008 when he touched a power line. He suffered facial injuries and was left without a nose, eyes or lips.

In 2011 he underwent a full facial transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

In a 15-hour procedure, doctors used donated tissue to recreate a forehead, nasal structure, nose, lips and facial skin, said ABC15 television.

They also transplanted underlying muscles and nerves that allow Wiens to have sensation and movement in his face.

The surgery brought about a dramatic recovery for a man that had been kept in a medically induced coma for 90 days. He wasn't expected to survive.

Nash suffered burns to 70 per cent of her body in a fiery car crash in 2010. She was texting while driving when she crashed, and flames burnt her arms to the bone and severed an Achilles tendon.

She was kept in an induced coma for 10 weeks and underwent a dozen surgeries, ABC15 reported.

She has now created a non-profit foundation TXT L8R, to spread awareness on the dangers of texting while driving.

According to CNN affiliate WFAA, the couple plan to share their wedding footage in a reality show about people who survive tragedies and go on to help others.

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