Thursday 14 November 2019

Builder gets America's first full face transplant

Marilynn Marchione in Boston

A building worker badly disfigured in an accident has received the United States' first full face transplant.

More than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Boston's Brigham Hospital performed the 15-hour operation on 25-year-old Dallas Wiens.

The world's first full face transplant was performed by doctors in Spain last March for a farmer who was unable to breathe or eat on his own after accidentally shooting himself in the face.

Mr Wiens, of Fort Worth, Texas, was left blind and without lips, a nose or eyebrows after an electrical accident in November 2008.

Doctors transplanted an entire new face, including a nose, lips, skin and muscles and nerves that animate the skin and give sensation.

Mr Wiens would not resemble "either what he used to be or the donor", but something in between, said surgeon Bohdan Pomahac.

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