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World's first full face transplant carried out

Published on 26/04/2010
Doctors in Spain claim to have performed the world's first full face transplant.

More than 30 medics at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron University Hospital carried out the procedure, which took 24 hours to complete.

The patient, a farmer in his thirties, had been unable to speak, breathe or eat properly after accidentally shooting himself in the face in 2005.

But surgeons were able to replace his cheekbones, facial muscles, teeth, palate, skin, nose, lips jaw and skin tissue during the operation in March.

A statement released by the hospital said: "(The patient) had been operated on nine times without satisfactory success, therefore he was considered for full face transplant.

"This is the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the ten operations performed previously had been only partial."

In 2005 Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to undergo a partial face transplant after she was attacked by her pet Labrador.

She received new facial tissue, mouth and nose at Centre hospitalier Universitaire Nord in Amiens, France.
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