Early Thursday morning of May 4, 2017, a select team of medical professionals crowded into an operating room at the Cleveland Clinic. Suppressed excitement electrified the room as the team prepared for the long-awaited surgery that would make the Cleveland Clinic the first US hospital to successfully perform a full-face transplant — and one of only six US institutions that have performed the procedure to date (the others have done partial face transplants). Face transplant program leaders Dr. Frank Papay, Dr. Brian Gastman, and Dr. Maria Siemionow were well aware of the risks and potential rewards they would face within the next many grueling and tension-filled hours — but only Dr. Gastman was hoping to make it home in time for Shabbos.