The World's First Full-Face Transplant

Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first full-face transplant. Although there have already been partial transplants, this was the most complex so far:

It appears to include more bone and much more of the lower part of the face.

A spokesperson for the UK's Facial Transplantation Research Team, which has ethical permission to carry out a full face transplant, said it was "a tremendous achievement".

"This appears to be the most complex facial transplant operation carried out so far worldwide," he said.

"It once again shows how facial transplantation can help a small number of people who are the most severely facially injured and for whom reconstructive surgery cannot and has not worked."


Link via Gizmodo | Image: Vall D'Hebron Hospital

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I recall the first partial face-transplant a while back where the woman was chain smoking through her interviews IN a hospital! And I don't remember why she needed the transplant, but I think it had something to do with smoking in the first place.
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