Full Face Transplant Shows His New Look on Television
Posted Jul 26 2010 11:01am
This is amazing that a facial transplant can be done today and who would have thought a few years ago that this would be possible one day. Back in May the 2nd facial transplant went public in Massachusetts.
They may not be the prettiest faces, but it certainly is better than the alternative. When you look and read you can see they are doing a number of items to include teeth as well as connecting nerves. BD
The 31-year-old thanked his donor's family and the medics that gave him a new face in March at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona.
A shooting accident meant his entire facial skin and muscles - including nose and lips - needed replacing.
Doctors say he can expect to regain up to 90% of his facial functions.
He had been left unable to breathe, swallow, or talk properly after an accident five years ago. Now he still struggles to speak with clarity and will need months of physical therapy.
Led by Dr JP Barret, the team transplanted muscles, nose, lips, maxilla, palate, all teeth, cheekbones, and the mandible by means of plastic surgery and micro-neurovascular reconstructive surgery techniques.
It was the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial.