The recipient of the first successful double-handed and face transplant said that she is “grateful” for the process that has “given me a second chance in life.”

A 22-year-old Joseph DiMeo, a New Jersey resident who burned to 80% of total body surface area in a high-speed car accident in 2018, underwent a ground-breaking process at NYU Langone Health in August after a donor match was found . Delaware

DiMeo is left before implantation, and to the right in a photo taken last week.

DiMeo is left before implantation, and to the right in a photo taken last week.
(NYU Langone Health)

DiMeo, which is months into its rehab and recovery, continues to work on its strengths and its grip.

“The hardest part is knowing that I can do this, it’s not just my hands. I have to practice right now,” DiMeo said during a press conference on Wednesday.

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