French Doctors Perform World's First Double Face Transplant

by Bidita Debnath on Jan 22 2018 11:25 PM

French Doctors Perform World
Medical science has witnessed breakthroughs that have not only improved the quality of life but also increased the life expectancy. Taking this trend a step further, French doctors have performed world’s first ‘double face transplant‘.
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.

The man was kept on life support in a medically induced coma after his original graft was removed in November last year. France’s biomedical agency and the national hospital service stated that this incident shows that re-transplantation is possible in case of chronic rejection of a donor’s face.

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.

The operation took close to 20 hours, starting on 15 January early afternoon and ending on 16 January early morning. More than 30 face transplants have been carried out since 2005, on people whose facial structures have been disfigured from genetic issues, violence or accidents.

While an impressive surgical feat, face transplantation is incredibly high-risk and entails a lifetime of complications, possible infections, surgery, medications, and the constant threat of possible rejection. Still, recipients have often lost so much that to undergo the procedure restores more than just tissue.


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