Norris was injured in a gun accident in 1997, according to NBC Washington. He lost much of his upper and lower jaws as well as his lips and nose. The 36-hour surgery required replacing both jaws, teeth, tongue, and skin and underlying nerve and muscle tissue from scalp to neck, the release said. "People used to stare at me because of my disfigurement," Norris said. "Now they can stare at me in amazement and in the transformation I have taken. I am now able to walk past people and no one even gives me a second look." Norris is now able to smile and show expression. The motor function on the right side of his face is about 80 percent of normal and motor function on the left side is about 40 percent, according to his doctors. He can smell, taste and eat.
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