Dallas Wiens was one of the first Americans to receive a full face transplant, needed after a bizarre construction accident in 2008. Saturday, he married Jamie Nash, a woman he met in a burn victims’ support group.
Wiens, from Fort Worth, came in contact with high voltage power lines that caused so much damage, he had no face left. After multiple surgeries, doctors were able to transplant a new face, complete with muscles, skin and facial hair.
Nash, from Garland, suffered her injuries in a fiery car crash that nearly took her life in 2010 in Ennis. Trapped inside her burning car, she was burned on her back, legs and hands.
The couple got engaged this past fall and exchanged wedding vows on Saturday at the same church in Fort Worth where Wiens had been working when he was injured. The ceremony was followed by a reception to which their respective doctors and nurses were invited.
Through a support group for burn victims held at Parkland Hospital, the two met. Nash recalls being drawn to Wiens. She knew from looking at him across the room that there was something special about Dallas.
For his part, Wiens wasn’t interested initially. He had given up on love and being in a relationship and says he didn’t want any part of being in one. That was until Christmas Eve when they sat up talking all night and arranged their first date.
According to Dallas, it was a simple dinner and a movie but for him that was all it took. Both say they have been together every day since that first date.
Nash says she jokingly told Wiens she knew it was love because hadn’t gotten tired of him yet. Together the couple plans to leave the trauma of the pasts behind them. Wiens sees no reason to dwell on it and Nash contends the past burned in the fire and that’s where it should stay.
Together the couple helps balance one another out. Nash’s hands were severely damaged in the fire where Wiens are fine. He lost his sight as a result of his accident but she can see perfectly well.
They see their love story as one of true love and inspiration for others. If love can come to these two people, then it can come to anyone according to Nash.