MARTINSVILLE, Va. - A single blast from a 12-gauge shotgun changed former Henry County resident Richard Norris' life forever, but he refused to give up, his father said.
"At times he would be depressed. He had a hard time. But he got on the Internet and started researching hospitals," Frank Norris said Wednesday while traveling through Henry County on his way home to Hillsville from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Norris said he left his son, Richard Lee Norris, 37, and his son's mother, Sandra Norris, at the medical center. There, Richard Norris got a new lease on life after undergoing an extensive, 36-hour face transplant earlier this month.