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World’s first full face transplant

23 April 2010 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

face transplantThe world’s first full face transplant consisting in nose, skin, cheekbones,jaws, teeth and other features was recently carried out in Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital. The patient had suffered a car accident in the past that left him with  serious face trauma and deformation.

The operation was done in late March by a medical team consisting of 30 medical team personnel and it took 24 hours. The identity of the patient remained confidential, doctors stating that it is about a Spanish persons between 20 and 40 years old who is now recovering well and the operation has all the chances to be a full success.

Named by the UK Facial Transplantation Research Team  “the most complex face transplantation operation there has probably been in the world to date”, the operation succeed in giving the patient a new face. Although it was a face transplant, the patient wont inherit the donor looks as some expected, because the taken bones and skin will rearrange on the new face structure resulting in a completely new face.

Until now there have been 10 partial-face transplant operations carried out but the one did in Spain is far the most complex because it involved the patient’s full face.

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