Latest Disfigurement Stories

2011-02-22 16:17:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An honest survey shows that North Carolinians oppose a one-size-fits-all cap on medical malpractice damages, says Dick Taylor of the NC Advocates for Justice. A poll recently conducted by the Hart Research Associates informed respondents that the proposed limit of $250,000 on pain and suffering damages would apply to patients and families even in cases of disfigurement, mutilation, the loss of a limb, paralysis, or even death due to medical...

2008-05-23 00:10:00

The international NoNoma Federation launched a worldwide campaign Thursday to create awareness about Noma, a condition that permanently deforms the faces of undernourished children. The disease strikes an estimated 140,000 poor people every year, mainly in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Up to 80 percent of victims die from the gangrenous infection, while survivors are left with deep holes in their faces, unable to speak, eat, smile or breathe...

2005-11-30 12:20:00

LYON, France -- French doctors have performed what they said on Wednesday was the world's first partial face transplant, giving a new nose, chin and lips to a woman disfigured in an attack by a dog. Surgeons from two hospitals carried out the operation on a 38-year-old woman on Sunday in the northern city of Amiens. "The patient is in an excellent state and the transplant looks normal," the hospitals said in a statement. "The transplant was taken from a multi-organ donor ... with the...

2005-08-03 15:48:42

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. "“ Reconstructing severe facial deformities in children with mental disabilities can be a hard decision for parents. Insurance companies may consider some operations to be only for cosmetic purposes and refuse to cover them. However, craniofacial plastic surgery, to correct abnormalities of the face, skull and neck, may give these children significant psychological, social and emotional benefits that can help them attain a better quality of life, according to a...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.