A man had to undergo a face reconstruction operation after falling from a three-story building and breaking every bone in his face.
Justin Starks, 24, disappeared about 30ft from his balcony at Stanford, Californialast November.
He landed directly on his chin, split his jaw in half on impact and shot all 14 bones in his face.
The software engineer had to undergo two demolition operations, the first of which involved dealing with holding his face with 90 screws.
A second procedure involved ‘peeling’ his skin and rebuilding the bones in his face, as well as closing his jaw to allow her time to heal.
He has lost nearly 30lbs in the last six months because he has lived on a most fluid diet to prevent chewing.
Surprisingly, Mr. Starks did not suffer any damage to his skull or brain, which he believes is due to his face taking the brunt of the fall.
Justin Starks (before and after the fall), 24, crashed last November about 30ft from his balcony in Stanford, California,
He landed directly on his chin, split his jaw in half on impact and shot all 14 bones in his face. The software engineer had to undergo two tedious operations, the first of which involved the ‘peeling’ of his skin and the rebuilding of the bones in his face (shown to you)
On the road to recovery: he was pictured immediately after his reconstruction operation in January (left) and in May (right) six months after the accident
Mr Starks said he could not recall what he did on the day of the fall on November 31. The last thing he remembered was waking up in the ICU.
He said: ‘Although I do not remember the impact, I know I landed on my chin.
‘I know this because my chin split open and sounded through the rest of my face and literally broke every bone in my face; my jaw on both sides, my nosebone.
‘The doctors were extremely shocked to see the damage to my face, but specifically the fact that I had no fractures to my skull at all.’
He added: ‘The last thing I remembered was being on my balcony, I do not remember falling, I do not remember hitting the ground.
‘A lot of people tell me’ oh my god, that must be the most painful experience imaginable ‘, but I just do not know.
Mr Starks broke all 14 of his facial bones, including his cheeks, nose, eye sockets and upper jaw.
He was kept in hospital for two weeks, where doctors inserted more than 90 screws to hold his fragile bones together.
Doctors also fused his jaw together again, which meant he had to be put on a liquid diet in the first place, which was basically ‘broth and water’, he said.
Mr. Starks gradually stepped through to soft solid meals like porridge that he did not “need to chew”. He lost about two and a half stones (13.6 kg) during this time.
A month later, in January this year, Mr. Starks went under the knife for a second time on Martin Luther King Day.
Doctors used 3D printing technology to reconstruct his face.
They took a scan of Mr Starks’ face and used the virtual model to print titanium implants that fit exactly.
Mr Starks had to see a psychiatrist for problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder. After the second facial reconstruction operation, his face began to swell to the left. He said the build-up of facial swelling he endured caused some insecurity with the way he looked
The procedure involved cutting into the top of his head from ear to ear so that they could peel his face back and ‘put him back together’, as he puts it.
Mr Starks sat in the intensive care unit for three days after the operation and the progress he made until that point was restored.
He said he gained some strength between the first and second surgery, even went for a five-mile walk and talked with his mouth shut.
After the second operation, his strength was reduced, and he felt ‘weak overall’ that his father and brother had to be carried upstairs.
By February, he had begun most of his recovery and regained the strength he had lost and began training again in the gym.
By May, he said, the swelling had been massively reduced and that the facial reconstruction ‘looked almost good’, and he was able to return to work.
His injury not only came with the physical damage but also had some mental health issues.
Mr Starks had to see a psychiatrist for problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
After the second facial reconstruction operation, his face began to swell to the left.
He said the construction of facial swelling he endured caused some insecurity with the way he looked.
He said: ‘I once saw myself as a pretty attractive guy and went out and looked in a mirror and saw my face swollen and puffy and not what I wanted it to be.
“I did have some uncertainty about that.”
But despite his insecurity, Mr Starks said he had seen improvements every week compared to the previous week, saying, ‘I think I look at everything pretty well.’
The entire facial reconstruction operation will take about one year to complete and repair properly.
Starks is set to have another operation that will address issues with the roof of his mouth and his teeth.
Once the third and final operation is completed, he said he will be on his way to feeling ‘one hundred percent normal’.
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