April 26, 2011
US Doctors Perform Nation’s Second Face Transplant
Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed the nation's second full-face transplant.
A team of over 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for over 14 hours last week to replace the full facial area of 30-year-old Mitch Hunter.
The procedure replaced Hunter's nose, eyelids, lips, facial animation muscles and the nerves that power them and provide sensation.
Hunter suffered his injuries during a 2001 accident involving a high-voltage electrical wire.
The lead surgeon, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, said the procedure went smoothly and they expect Hunter to have a successful recovery and new life.
The first full-face transplant was performed on a Texas construction worker at the hospital last month. About a dozen face transplants have been performed worldwide, in the U.S., France, Spain and China.
The world's first face transplant, a partial face transplant, was done in France in 2005 on a woman mauled by her dog.
The Boston hospital has placed on a waiting list for a face and hands transplant Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman mauled by a friend's chimpanzee two years ago.
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