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Woman has first face transplant

 

Surgeons in France have carried out the first face transplant, it has been reported. The woman had lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. In the controversial operation, tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were taken from a brain-dead donor and attached to the patient's lower face.

 

Doctors stress the woman will not look like her donor, but nor will she look like she did before the attack - instead she will have a "hybrid" face.

 

It has been technically possible to carry out such a transplant for some years, with teams in the US, the UK and France researching the procedure. Skin from another person's face is better for transplants as it will be a better match than skin from another part of the patient's body, which could have a different texture or colour. But the ethical concerns of a face transplant, and the psychological impact to the patient of looking different has held teams back.

 

Concerns relating to immunosuppression, psychological impact and the consequence of technical failure have so far prevented ethical approval of the procedure in the UK, though doctors here are full able to perform transplants.

 

'Gravely disfigured'

 

The 38-year-old French patient from the northern French town of Valenciennes underwent extensive counselling before her operation, which is believed to have lasted at least five hours, and which took place at the weekend at a hospital in Amiens. The French magazine Le Point reports that the tissues, muscles, arteries and veins needed for the transplant were taken from a multi-organ donor in the northern city of Lille, who was brain-dead.

 

The operations were carried out by a team led by Professor Bernard Devauchelle and Professor Jean Michel Dubernard. In a statement, the hospital said the woman had been gravely disfigured in the attack in May this year. She has been unable to speak or eat properly since.

 

It added that the woman - who wishes to remain anonymous - was in "excellent general health" and said the graft looked normal

 

It is not clear whether an individual could be left worse off in the event that a face transplant failed

Stephen Wigmore, British Transplantation Society

 

Live donors

 

Like any other transplant patient, the woman will have to take immunosuppressant drugs to help her body cope with the donated tissue. Doctors working in the field say many could benefit from the procedure, including 10,000 burns victims in the UK. Iain Hutchison, an oral-facial surgeon at Barts and the London Hospital, said: "This is the first face transplant using skin from another person."

 

But there are medical, and ethical, concerns of facial transplants.

 

Mr Hutchison, who is chief executive of Saving Faces - the Facial Surgery Research Foundation, warned blood vessels in the donated tissue could clot, the immunosuppressants could fail - and would increase the patient's risk of cancer." Mr Hutchison added there were ethical and moral issues around donating facial tissue.

"Where donors would come from is one issue that would have to be considered.

 

"The transplant would have to come from a beating heart donor. So, say your sister was in intensive care, you would have to agree to allow their face to be removed before the ventilator was switched off. And there is the possibility that the donor would then carry on breathing."

 

Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society's ethics committee, said: "The extent of facial expression which will occur in the long term is unknown. The skin tends to promote rejection by the immune system very strongly and immunosuppression is likely to need to be kept at high levels for prolonged periods of time. It is not clear whether an individual could be left worse off in the event that a face transplant failed."

 

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon's facial transplantation working party, said: "If successful, this is a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction. It appears that this has been a partial face transplant incorporating the nose and lips; therefore issues relating to similarity in appearance between donor and recipient are unlikely to be a major problem. We wish the patient and the team a successful outcome and look forward to learning more about the details of the procedure which could be a major step forward for the facially disfigured."

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

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If you only need her face, can I have the tits ?

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You'd never tear yourself away from a mirror....

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

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If you only need her face, can I have the tits ?

62960[/snapback]

 

You'd never tear yourself away from a mirror....

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:angry:

 

Jesus Christ. Thanks for the mental image of Jimbo, tit in one hand lifting it to his tongue, cock in the other masturbating furiously and admiring it all in the mirror.

 

;)

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

62959[/snapback]

 

 

If you only need her face, can I have the tits ?

62960[/snapback]

 

You'd never tear yourself away from a mirror....

62965[/snapback]

 

:angry:

 

Jesus Christ. Thanks for the mental image of Jimbo, tit in one hand lifting it to his tongue, cock in the other masturbating furiously and admiring it all in the mirror.

 

:angry:

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I've got a lazy-lob on after reading that !

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

62959[/snapback]

 

 

If you only need her face, can I have the tits ?

62960[/snapback]

 

You'd never tear yourself away from a mirror....

62965[/snapback]

 

:angry:

 

Jesus Christ. Thanks for the mental image of Jimbo, tit in one hand lifting it to his tongue, cock in the other masturbating furiously and admiring it all in the mirror.

 

:angry:

62968[/snapback]

 

I've got a lazy-lob on after reading that !

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;) Speechless

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I've booked Mrs Noisewater in for next week. Now if only I can think of a way for Kelly Brook to have an 'accident'...

62959[/snapback]

 

 

If you only need her face, can I have the tits ?

62960[/snapback]

 

You'd never tear yourself away from a mirror....

62965[/snapback]

 

:icon_lol:

 

Jesus Christ. Thanks for the mental image of Jimbo, tit in one hand lifting it to his tongue, cock in the other masturbating furiously and admiring it all in the mirror.

 

;)

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I've got a lazy-lob on after reading that !

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Doesn't look too bad in the photo, certainly better than living with half a face. It would be interesting to see if her facial expressions and movements are anywhere near normal.

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