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He saved a life, now he'll get a new face

You might find the images hard to look at. In addition to the damage done to his face, he also lost his leg and fingers on one hand in the accident. These photos were taken in August, but they just moved on the wires today. I hope he gets the transplant.

WHDH-TV reports:

A 29-year-old Army veteran is the latest person to be approved for a face transplant in Boston.

Mitch Hunter saved a woman from a car crash by pushing her away from a live wire. But, Hunter was disfigured when he was shocked by 10,000 volts of electricity for five minutes.

When a donor becomes available, Hunter will fly from Indiana to Boston to have the operation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Hunter said the unfortunate thing is knowing a donor must pass away before he can have the surgery.

"That kind of does make me feel bad. I don't want to wait for someone to pass away for it all to happen. But if that person is willing to donate the skin to do it, then obviously that person has a good heart and wants someone else to have a better life," said Hunter.

Once Hunter gets that call, he may be in Boston for more than a year. But first a donor must be found and that search could take months.

Jennifer Cecil / The Indianapolis Star via AP

Mitch Hunter, right, shares the story of his car accident, at his home in Speedway, Indiana on Aug. 10, 2010. In 2001, Hunter was in a car accident and endured 10,000 volts of electricity from an electrical line that fell on top of the vehicle. Now is is a potential candidate for a face transplant.

Jennifer Cecil / The Indianapolis Star via AP

Mitch Hunter shows off his 4-month-old son, Clayton, at his home on Aug. 10, 2010.

Jennifer Cecil / The Indianapolis Star via AP

Mitch Hunter poses for a portrait in his home on Aug. 10, 2010.

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