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First Face Transplant in Turkey

by Kathy Jones on January 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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 First Face Transplant in Turkey

The Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday that Turkish surgeons successfully performed the country's first-ever face transplant.

A team of doctors at Akdeniz University in the southern city of Antalya performed the operation on a 19-year-old boy whose face was burned when he was a 40-day-old baby, said Anatolia.

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Tissue from the face of a 45-year-old donor was successfully transplanted, it said.

The operation brings to 20 the number of face transplants carried out worldwide, the report said. The first was a partial face transplant on Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire in 2005.
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Turkish doctors were performing another operation Saturday from the same donor, on a 34-year old man in what was reported as the world's first double arm and single leg transplant.

Doctors were transplanting limbs to a man who lost both arms and one leg when he was electrocuted at the age of 11, said Anatolia.

Source: AFP
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