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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Face for Pilot

ST. PAUL, Minnesota () -- A Russian pilot who was severely burned in a 1991 plane crash has a new face thanks to Minnesota doctors and will be returning next week to his home in Ufa.


Pilot Vladimir Bren was burned beyond recognition in the crash, in which his plane hit a parachutist. Bren's maneuvering saved the parachutist's life but the plane crashed, injuring Bren and killing his student co-pilot.


Doctors at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center gave Bren new eyelids, replaced the cornea and lens in his right eye, lengthened his severely burned thumbs and index fingers, and grafted soft tissue and skin over a badly burned area on his head. Doctors at Hennepin County Medical Center molded new ears and a new nose out of silicone.