Posts Tagged 'face transplant'

Man becomes first patient to receive a second face transplant

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Twelve years ago, a team of surgeons in France successfully completed the first-ever face transplant procedure. Unfortunately, seven years after the history-making surgery, the patient’s body rejected the transplant.

Since the rejection occurred, the patient has been living without a suitable alternative. In a risky move, surgeons decided to attempt to transplant a second face, this time from a different donor. It’s still too soon to say whether or not this transplant will be accepted, but the surgery itself was successful.

Rejection is likely ...

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8-Month Pregnant Widow Donates Husband’s Face

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There could hardly be a more All-American teenage love story: Lillian and Rudy Ross met in a Minnesota high school shop class, and their first kiss was in a Hardee’s parking lot. They were high school sweethearts destined to become the parents of an adorable, chubby-cheeked infant – but no one could have guessed, when their romance commenced, that they would also give the gift of life to half a dozen other people, including the recipient of an incredibly rare ...

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No Ethical Barriers to Face Transplant in Children, Experts Conclude

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Should children be considered for facial transplantation? While there are some special ethical and psychological concerns, these shouldn’t rule out the possibility of performing face transplant in carefully selected children, according to an expert review in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Our analysis finds no physical, psychological, or ethical barrier that disqualifies children from undergoing face transplantation,” comments Alexandre Marchac of Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, Paris, lead ...

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New Face and Scalp for Burned Volunteer Firefighter

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A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.
The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to Senatobia, Mississippi, in time for Thanksgiving. The surgery has paved the way for him to regain normal vision, ...

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A New Solution for Immunosuppressants – Limb Transplant Gel?

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Through a highly collaborative effort, the problem of immunosuppressive therapy and long-term impact on the recipient of a limb or face transplant, led to the development of a new solution: transplant gel.  This collaboration occurred between Dr. Jeff Karp, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Robert Riebens from Switzerland, and Praveen Kumar Vemula, who was post-doc in Dr. Karp’s lab and now is faculty in India,

The transplant gel is a hydrogel based technology that can deliver ...

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