Heroes help others after lives restored through plastic surgery

October 08, 2008

CHICAGO - What would you do if half your face was ripped off by an IED (improvised explosive device); if you were born with a genetic condition that distorts your appearance and complicates life's simplest tasks; if, at age nine, your face was burned off; or, if you were diagnosed with breast cancer twice? Raising the white flag comes to mind. Not true for the four recipients of the 2008 Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity awards, to be presented by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) at Plastic Surgery 2008 at the McCormick Place West on November 1, 2008. They have endured many reconstructive plastic surgeries and use their experiences, strength and determination to help others struggling with life's obstacles.

The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity awards program is supported by Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. Continuing in the spirit of giving, $5,000 grants will be donated to four non-profit organizations that provide reconstructive plastic surgery services to people in need.

"ASPS Member Surgeons are thrilled to be a part of these amazing people's lives. It is so impressive to see our patients doing so much good for so many people," said ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD. "Our members care for courageous patients every day, each with a unique and noteworthy tale of overcoming adversity."
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Over 5.1 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2007.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Representing more than 6,700 physician members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 90 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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