Andy Sandness has come a long way from the darkness that filled his life roughly a decade ago. After falling into a deep depression in his early twenties, Andy attempted to take his own life. In a twist of fate, he survived, but his face was left horribly disfigured by the gunshot wound. Now 31 years old, Andy has undergone one of the most successful face transplants that doctors have ever seen. You have to hear read story and see the incredible transformation he has undergone since receiving a new face and a new lease on life. 

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Meet Andy Sandness from the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming. 

This may be one of the last photos of Andy before a horrible incident that took place in 2006, leaving him unrecognizable. 

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One day, roughly 10 years ago, at the height of an intense depression he had been experiencing, Andy decided that he was going to take his own life. 

"I just remember putting one in the chamber and looking down the barrel of the gun and I said 'ah, #$@! it' and pulled the trigger," said Andy in an interview. "I was going through some rough times, ya know, I mean I made the wrong choices," he added. 

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Luckily, Andy survived the gunshot wound, but he was severely injured and immediately sent to the emergency room. 

The gunshot had obliterated portions of his lower face, including his jaw, teeth, chin, and nose. 

Andy's father can recall the day the incident happened like it was yesterday.

"The only thing I got to see was him coming out of the emergency room with his head, with gauze wrapped around, with a straw coming out to breathe in," said his father Reed Sandness. 

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