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Mississippi firefighter Patrick Hardison, 41, now lives with the face of a New York City bike mechanic, according to New York magazine

A plastic surgeon from New York University did the surgery in August

The firefighter will take drugs to keep his body from rejecting his face for the rest of his life

CNN  — 

A 41-year-old volunteer firefighter from Mississippi now lives with the face of a 26-year-old Brooklyn bike mechanic.

A plastic surgeon at the New York University Langone Medical Center performed the “most extensive” face transplant surgery in history, according to the hospital.

In 2001, when Patrick Hardison entered a burning home on a rescue search, the roof collapsed on him and his firefighter’s mask burned onto his face, said Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who led the team of more than 150 staff members at NYU.