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Woman Gets "first Ever" Face Transplant  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2876 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.

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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Now if only we could give one to KROC...


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 1):
Now if only we could give one to KROC...

Wow. Good idea. Did Joe Torre give that one to you right after he decided that A-Rod or Derrick Jeter should play center field?



User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39886 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 1):
Now if only we could give one to KROC...

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Where is that KO punch photo? Big grin



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.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

This procedure involved transplanting just part of the face, not the whole thing. Apparently the latter sort is considered far more difficult and no one's tried it yet.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

If we gave KROC an ass transplant, downgrading him to a lighter model, maybe he wouldn't leave butt-shaped depressions in the fenders of his Sunfire.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 5):

So you two are best mates then?  Big grin


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2770 times:
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Quoting KROC (Reply 2):
Quoting LHMARK (Reply 1):
Now if only we could give one to KROC...

Wow. Good idea. Did Joe Torre give that one to you right after he decided that A-Rod or Derrick Jeter should play center field?



Quoting LHMARK (Reply 5):
If we gave KROC an ass transplant, downgrading him to a lighter model, maybe he wouldn't leave butt-shaped depressions in the fenders of his Sunfire.

KROC.....dude....he nailed you the first time.

Yank out the KO pic and get it over with!  Wink



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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2759 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).

SmithAir747



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 8):
Treacher Collins syndrome

What is that?


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2698 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.  Wink


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 9):
What is that?

Thanks for asking!

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.

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2580 times:
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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.


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2552 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



That'll teach you
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
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Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 13):
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

That is what caused the injury in the first place.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2519 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 14):
That is what caused the injury in the first place.

not quite, she was mauled by 3 dogs I believe, this time it was just her pet scratching lightly to try and wake her up.



That'll teach you
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

She is still in hospital!!! I don't think they allow dogs in there!!!



And she will be wearing bandages until January!

[Edited 2005-12-03 18:56:44]

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