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NEWS: French Woman Has Worlds First Face Transplant

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posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 04:40 PM
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A 38-year-old French woman who lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog, has recieved the worlds first face transplant. Tissues, muscles, arteries and veins taken from a brain-dead donor have been grafted onto the womans face. The French doctors who carried out the procedure stated that the woman would not look like the donor, nor would she look like her past self. They say she will have a 'hybrid face'.
 



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It has been technically possible to carry out such a transplant for some years, with teams in the US, the UK and France researching the procedure.

Skin from another person's face is better for transplants as it will be a better match than skin from another part of the patient's body, which could have a different texture or colour.

The 38-year-old French patient from the northern French town of Valenciennes underwent extensive counselling before her operation, which is believed to have lasted at least five hours, and which took place at the weekend at a hospital in Amiens.

The French magazine Le Point reports that the tissues, muscles, arteries and veins needed for the transplant were taken from a multi-organ donor in the northern city of Lille, who was brain-dead.




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WOW...I knew doctors were planning the first transplant but wasnt expecting it to happen just yet!

This is a massive step forward for victims of facial disfigurement.

Hopefully one day this will become common practice to help burns victims etc...

[edit on 30/11/2005 by MickeyDee]

[edit on 30/11/2005 by MickeyDee]




posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 05:03 PM
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And the new innovative surgeries grow... It seems like they are transplanting everything nowadays. Sounds like that lady had a tough encounter with the dog. If anyone watches nip/tuck on FX there was an episode where doctors attempt a face transplant, however it failed. The ladies face pretty much fell off and looked horrific. Hopefully this chick wont have too many complications. I wonder if this will eventually be a new hope for criminals/terrorists to change identities? Science and medicine is making some hopeless dreams come true, but they also create problems for others.



posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 05:28 PM
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Hopefully someday soon they'll be able to carry out the next step and grow you a new face using embryonic cells with your own genetic material so that there is no risk of rejection and transplant patients don't have to take immune suppresant drugs.

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posted on Nov, 30 2005 @ 08:57 PM
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Have you seen that movie face off with cage? If say brad pit or ben affleck died and had thier face for sale on ebay how much do you think it would fetch?



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 03:52 AM
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Kinda like that nicholas cage and john travolta movie, "face off"



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 05:31 AM
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She'll probably have to take immune system suppressing drugs for the rest of her life, if she's lucky enough to have no rejection. But I guess it's better than running around with a completely disfigured face.



posted on Dec, 8 2005 @ 12:25 PM
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It looks like Isabelle Dinoire maybe be making some good money from her experience.



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The Frenchwoman who had the first face transplant has signed a deal possibly worth $176,000 for photographs and a film of the operation.

As the argument grew over the ethics of the transplant escalated, it was announced that Isabelle Dinoire, 38, had agreed to let the British documentary film-maker Michael Hughes film the graft at Amiens University Hospital in northern France.

The deal was signed in August, three months before the operation and before a donor had been found, the Times of London said. The revelation has fuelled concern in France over the transplant and its ethics.

Dinoire told Le Parisien newspaper that she felt very well, but that she had been upset by the media coverage.

Under the deal, Dinoire will keep the profits from the sale of the photographs and the film after deducting Hughes' costs and the fees of distributor.


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