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2 years ago  ::  Mar 27, 2012 - 9:50PM #1
Stardove
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Virginia Man Gets A New Face

Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center performed the most extensive full face transplant to date, replacing everything from the hairline to the collar bone of a 37-year-old man, including the upper and lower jaw bones, teeth, and a portion of the tongue. The operation took place over 36 hours on March 19 and 20 and involved more than 200 medical professionals.

The face transplant was part of a 72-hour marathon of organ donation at the center, in which five patients received organs from one anonymous donor.

The effort is being hailed as remarkable for the generosity of the donor and the scope of the operation, as well as scientific advancements that enabled the transplant.

A week after the surgery, the recipient of the face, Richard Norris, of Hillsville, Virginia, is moving his jaws, opening and closing his eyes, brushing his teeth and shaving, doctors said in a press conference Tuesday.

Norris suffered a gun accident in 1997 that left him with just a skull, eyes and part of his jaw. Doctors said he has been living in near seclusion since the accident, wearing a mask when he went out in public. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, the surgeon leading the operation, said he had performed 12 different surgeries on Norris since 2005, but was never able to restore his face. 

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Pictures and video are also at the link.  I believe to donate the face of a loved one would be a huge gift, especially for the person receiving the transplant.  I hope his recover goes well.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2012 - 9:01PM #2
Stardove
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This is the story of the very first full face transplant in the US.  It is now one year since the surgery which took place in March 2011.


Ten months after receiving the first full face transplant in the United States, 25-year-old Dallas Wiens of Fort Worth, Texas, said he can smile.


Wiens suffered life-threatening burns to his head when the boom lift he was operating drifted into a nearby power line in 2008. The horrific accident and 22 surgeries that followed left Wiens with a face void of features short of a lipless mouth and a small goatee.

But in March, a team of more than 30 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston worked for more than 17 hours to give him a new face, complete with skin and the muscles and nerves needed to animate it.

"The ability to smile and to show emotion on my face, even unintentionally, is such a natural thing," Wiens told the Dallas Morning News. "Having a new face has changed me dramatically."


This goes to show there are some good people in the world and sometimes good news. Videos and more at the link.

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2 years ago  ::  Mar 29, 2012 - 10:33PM #3
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Just incredible that medicine has this capability. It's mindboggling to think of how many nerves and blood vessels would need to be connected in order to make a transplanted face functional.


How extraordinary!

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 07, 2012 - 5:36PM #4
rangerken
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Every medical 'miracle' was performed someplace first. So let's wish this man all the best, and hope the new, medical technology will help many more people.


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2 years ago  ::  Apr 07, 2012 - 7:08PM #5
solfeggio
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This is great news, and it's another step in the extraordinary advances of medicine these days.


We wish this man, and the other people who have had face transplants, all the best.


Face transplants have been happening all over the world since doctors began doing the procedure seven years ago.  But this one, the 23rd since they began, was the most extensive. 


The first U.S. face transplant was performed in 2008 on a woman, Connie Culp, whose face had been terribly injured when her abusive husband shot her in the face.  The photos in the link give  you a picture of how she looked before and after her injuries.


plasticsurgeryceleb.blogspot.co.nz/2010/...


www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30586321/ns/health-...


The first full face transplant was performed in Barcelona, Spain two years ago.


www.aolnews.com/2010/04/22/spanish-surge...


www.foxnews.com/health/2010/07/27/worlds...


There have been face transplants and China and France as well.


news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7575364.stm


Turkish doctors performed their third face transplant about a month ago.


www.hurriyetdailynews.com/third-face-tra...


 

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 16, 2012 - 4:34AM #6
Swim4fun
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A good and incredible news. It’s a big step of medical treatment that definitely would do more good for those in need without any doubt. I highly appreciate the anonymous donor. What he or she did would change the patient whole life, and it’s really a kind of goodness. Hope his recovery goes well.

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2 years ago  ::  Apr 29, 2012 - 8:04PM #7
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