First Full Face Transplant a Success
In March 20, 2010, a team of 30 Spanish doctors performed the first full face transplant. Yesterday, representatives from the team and Vall d'Hebron University Hospital revealed the details on the 24 hour operation, keeping the identity of the male patient private.
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.
The recipient of the first full face transplant is reported to be a young man who was severely injured in an accident five years ago. The reconstruction surgery replace his entire face, including skin, bone structure, muscle tissue and even teeth.
Hospital spokesperson Bianca Bont told the BBC: "This is the first total face transplant. There have been 10 operations of this kind in the world - this is the first to transplant all of the face and some bones of the face."
Joan Pere Barret, the medical team leader, told a news conference the man has since seen himself in the mirror and was calm and satisfied. Doctors expect him to be able to live a normal life.
Candidates for face transplants are those whose injuries are too serious for reconstructive surgery.