Joe is the world’s first successful face and double-hand transplant recipient. At the age of 20, a tragic car accident left Joe with 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body, and he spent 3.5 months in a coma. After ten months on a donor list, Joe beat the odds and found a donor. There was only a 6% chance of a match. It took a 140-person medical team 23 hours to complete his transplants. Joe continues to focus on his therapy and is highly motivated to encourage others to face challenges in their life. Joe is an avid proponent of organ, blood, and tissue donors. Joe is in the process of writing his autobiography. He lives in New Jersey with his girlfriend and their beloved dogs, Kirkland and Buster.
Joe’s vision is to inspire the world with the wisdom he has learned mentally, spiritually, and physically from his tragic car accident at age 20. With a positive mindset, determination, and a strong support group, all things are possible.