Docs in Spain perform world’s first full face transplant

April 23rd, 2010 - 11:40 am ICT by ANI  

London, April 23 (ANI): A team of over 30 doctors in Spain has performed the world’s first full face transplant.

The operation was conducted at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron University Hospital on a young man who was injured in an accident five years ago.

The patient was unable to breathe, swallow or speak properly before the surgery and relied on artificial equipment.

In the 24-hour operation, which was performed on March 20, the man received new facial muscles, skin, nose, lips, jaw, teeth, palate and cheekbones .

“He had been operated on nine times without satisfactory success, therefore he was considered for full face transplant,” the Sun quoted the hospital as saying in a statement.

“This is the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial,” the hospital added. (ANI)

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