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Oklahoma City doctors work to rebuild Tulsa man's face after fireworks accident

Taron Pounds, 22, lost most of the bones that hold and stabilize his face. Oklahoma City doctors used Pounds' left fibula and tissue from his leg to reconstruct his midface.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: September 24, 2012

During a previous surgery, Cannon and other medical staff repaired his jaw and stabilized the bones that hold his mouth together. They placed plates around his jaw to stabilize it and also placed wires around his teeth.

Because of his extensive injuries, doctors had to wait several weeks before they could take the next step in Pounds' recovery.

Pounds will spend about 10 days in the hospital before returning home. It will take at least six months to a year to get Pounds back to what's “cosmetically acceptable” for him in the long run, Cannon said.

Pounds cannot see out of his left eye yet, but there's no verdict on whether he will be blind in that eye. Pounds, a graphic design sophomore at Northeastern State University, will start online classes when he's ready.

Pounds' mother, Tammy Cauthron, said even though her son has several surgeries ahead of him, he has tried to remain positive about his recovery.

“Taron has accepted ... he's not going to be exactly what you see in this picture ever again, inside or outside,” Cauthron said. “He's changed. This is a life-changing event for our entire family. For Taron, it's physical, as well as emotional and mental. There's a lot of changes — for the good, I know he's a much stronger man because of this.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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