9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3108 times:
A woman whose face was ripped off by a dog has become the first person in the world to have a full facial transplant. The 36-year-old, who lost her nose, lips and chin in the attack, received replacement features from a dead donor.
The woman will not look exactly like the woman whose face she now has because the skull is not the same shape but it is thought she will look similar.
The ground-breaking surgery was carried out by a specialist team of plastic surgeons in France. Doctors feared that her body would reject the face and they would be faced with patching her up instead. But the first 48 hours saw the woman's body make the necessary adjustments to the surgery.
The operation meant pulling the new face over the skull of the patient. It also meant connecting nerves and blood vessels.
Immune suppressing drugs will be given to the woman for the rest of her life so that her body does not begin to attack the new face as a foreign body part.
Professor Peter Butler, a consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, said: "It is a great step forward for European science and medicine." The head of the medical team in France was also the doctor who carried out the world's first hand transplant operation in 1998.
More than 400,000 people in the UK who have severe facial deformities may well benefit from the pioneering work carried out by the surgeons in Amiens in northern France on the patient who wants to remain anonymous.
Superfly From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3081 times:
Quoting LHMARK (Reply 1): Now if only we could give one to KROC...
Where is that KO punch photo?
I hope this lady recovers well and even better than her original face. I wonder what the before and after photos look like. It's a good thing that she wants to stay anonymous. This could unleash a huge demand for this kind of operation which would be wrong.
SmithAir747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
I've heard about face transplants before...
Last year was my first year as a student at King's College London. I belonged to the Surgical Society on the Guy's Hospital campus.
One of the Surgical Society meetings I attended was a talk about facial transplantation. It was very fascinating to me, needless to say, as I am very interested in facial reconstruction and rare craniofacial anomalies (such as Treacher Collins syndrome, which I have). Before that talk, I had never even heard of facial transplantation!
I've had my entire facial skeleton rebuilt, from the ears on forward, from the throat upwards, using rib grafts, cartilage, and skin. But I had never even thought of or heard of facial transplantation before. However, I have thought that someday stem-cell therapies would be useful for "growing" new facial bone structures (either in vitro for later implantation, or in situ injections of bone cells into the affected facial areas).
Maybe it would be possible to grow an entire face in vitro and then attach it surgically, skipping the problem of tissue rejection! (As long as the skeleton was intact and capable of supporting it).
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2930 times:
Quoting DL021 (Reply 7): KROC.....dude....he nailed you the first time.
Sorry skillet, but even Mark doesn't think that first one is K.O. worthy. Then again, you might still be shell shocked from UG getting slaughtered at the end of the season so you are probably not in your right mind.
Treacher Collins syndrome is one of a family of rare genetic disorders of craniofacial development. The TCS gene is on human chromosome 5. The syndrome is caused by a mutation in that gene, which causes failure of the craniofacial bones to develop.
The lower jaw, upper jaw, eye sockets, and cheekbones fail to develop completely, or in severe cases (like mine) are nonexistent. Often there are no ear canals, outer ears, or even middle ears; in my case--all three are missing, so I wear an implantable bone-conduction hearing aid. Cleft palate is very common, affecting speech. Many people with TCS also have trouble breathing and eating due to an abnormally small airway; many (like me) require tracheostomies soon after birth and during major surgeries. These patients are therefore a serious challenge to anesthesiologists.
The only treatments available are frequent facial reconstructive surgeries (using bone, cartilage, and skin grafts and implants). Speech and hearing therapy and devices are also necessary.
TCS is very rare, with estimated frequencies of only 1:50,000 to 1:100,000 in the population, and is more prevalent in Caucasians of Anglo-Irish descent.
Andz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
There was a report on Sky News this morning with pictures, it looks like the replaced portion extends from her nose downwards, there is a suture line running down both sides of her nose round under her chin. The replaced part looks pretty good.
Nighthawk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2784 times:
i read in yesterdays paper that her face needs re-done again.
Apparently she fell asleep on the couch, and the dog started scratching her face, trying to wake her up. It ripped all the tissue back off again. Doctors have banned her from looking in the mirror cause itlooks so aweful, while they decid whether to do another transplant