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Every bone in the man’s face was broken after falling from the balcony of the third floor.

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Every bone in the person's face was broken after falling from the balcony of the third floor.

Justin Starks, 24, fell 30 feet from the balcony of an apartment in Stanford, California (Picture: SWNS)

A man has made a miraculous recovery after falling 30 feet at his home in the US.

Justin Starks, 24, landed on his chin, breaking every bone in his face.

But, miraculously, after the fall on November 31, there was no brain damage or fracture in his skull.

He broke all 14 bones of the face, including the inferior nasal concha, his lacrimal bone, mandible, maxilla bones, nasal bones, palatine bones, vomer and zygomatic bones.

Justin said, ‘While I don’t remember the effect, I do know I had hit my chin.

He was at home in Stanford, California when he fell.

He said: ‘The doctors were extremely surprised to see the damage to my face, but especially, the fact that I had no fractures in my skull.’

Justin, a software engineer, had to undergo two rounds of surgery to save his face.

A third is scheduled for the end of this year.

Justin shows off the scar on his head left by his intense round of surgery (Picture: Justin Starks / SWNS)

He continued: ‘The last thing I remember was on my balcony, I really don’t remember falling, I don’t remember hitting the ground.

‘A lot of people say to me, “Oh my god, this is going to be the most painful experience that can be imagined,” but I just can’t remember.’

Justin’s injuries were so severe that medics had to model, and 3D print, 90 screws and 30 plates with the rest of his bones.

The technique was seen in detail during an MRI scan, where the plates ‘lit up like a Christmas tree.’

Justin’s road to recovery began in December, when he had his initial surgery and spent two weeks in the hospital.

The 24-year-old’s jaw was reattached after being split in two, resulting in the closure of the wiring to his mouth.

Justin was forced to survive on only a clear-liquid diet, which was basically ‘broth and water’.

His second round of surgery was a month later, and doctors cut off the top of his head from ear to ear and ‘peeled’ his face and ‘put it back together.’

The 24-year-old’s huge transformation has been called ‘extraordinary’ (Picture: Justin Starks / SWNS)

After the second surgery, his strength waned, and he felt ‘generally weak’ being taken up by his father and brother.

By February, he had begun the bulk of his recovery.

And last month, the 24-year-old said the swelling had gone down significantly and that the facial reconstruction was ‘looking pretty good’.

His injury not only came with physical damage, but also brought with it some mental health issues.

Justin had to go to a psychiatrist for issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

He said: ‘I used to consider myself a very attractive guy and would go out and look in the mirror and see my face swollen and puffy, not what I wanted.

‘I had some insecurities about it.’

Complete facial reconstructive surgery will take about a year to complete and recover properly.

After his third and final surgery was completed, he said he was on his way to feeling ‘one hundred percent normal’.

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