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2011-04-26 13:25:10

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...

2009-06-15 11:45:57

A doctor in France says the man who was the first person to undergo a successful face and double-hand transplant has died of a heart attack. Surgeon Laurent Lantieri said the death of the French national, whose identity was not reported, was apparently caused by a heart problem and not the result of his groundbreaking transplant operation, The Daily Telegraph said Monday. We have no explanation for the cardiac arrest, Lantieri said, adding an autopsy may offer additional clues to man's recent...

2008-08-22 13:20:10

The successes of two recent face transplants are showing doctors that they can regularly work and are not medical oddities. Although some recurrent episodes of tissue rejection were noted by researchers during the first year after the transplants, neither patient had psychological problems which inhibited them from rejoining society. The first operation took place in April 2006 on a patient who had been attacked by a bear 18 months earlier, leaving a large portion of tissue missing from the...

2008-08-22 09:00:08

By Maria Cheng Associated Press LONDON -- Transplanting faces may seem like science fiction, but doctors say the experimental surgeries could one day become routine. Two of the world's three teams that have done partial face transplants reported today that their techniques were surprisingly effective, though complications exist and more work is still needed. "There is no reason to think these face transplants would not be as common as kidney or liver transplants one day," said Dr....

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