First Full Face Transplant Patient Reveals New Face
Four months ago on March 20, 2010, a team of 30 Spanish doctors performed the first full face transplant (sans tear ducts) at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona. Oscar, 31, has now come forward to give his thanks.
Oscar received his face transplant after nine previous operations failed to restore the injuries received in a shooting accident which occurred five years ago.
The injuries incurred from the accident left him with difficulty breathing, swallowing, and unable to speak properly. The BBC reports that he still struggles with speaking clearing and will continue therapy for many months to come.
The reconstruction surgery replace his entire face, including skin, bone structure, muscle tissue and even teeth.
His physicians expect him to regain up to 90% of his facial functions.
The world's first full face transplant has occurred only five years after Isabelle Dinoire, 38, in Amiens, France became the first to undergo a partial version of the procedure. Dinoire who had been mauled by her dog, received a new nose, chin and lips.
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