Wednesday 7 December 2016

Woman who received world's first face transplant dies after 'long illness'

Published 06/09/2016 | 16:48

In this Feb. 6, 2006 file photo, Isabelle Dinoire, the woman who received the world's first partial face transplant with a new nose, chin and mouth, in an operation on Nov. 27, 2005, addresses reporters during her first press conference since the transplant at the Amiens hospital, northern France
In this Feb. 6, 2006 file photo, Isabelle Dinoire, the woman who received the world's first partial face transplant with a new nose, chin and mouth, in an operation on Nov. 27, 2005, addresses reporters during her first press conference since the transplant at the Amiens hospital, northern France

A Frenchwoman who received the world's first partial face transplant has died, 11 years after the surgery that set the stage for dozens of other transplants worldwide.

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The Amiens University Hospital in northern France announced Isabelle Dinoire's death on Tuesday.

It said she died in April after a long illness, but her family wanted her death kept private. She was 49.

The hospital did not release any further details and it was not clear if her illness was related to the transplant.

Ms Dinoire was severely disfigured by her pet Labrador - and was given a new nose, chin and lips in 2005 by doctors Bernard Devauchelle and Jean-Michel Dubernard.

Medications that patients must take to prevent their bodies from rejecting the new organs can cause other illnesses and have severe side effects.

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