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August 1, 2010

World’s First Face Transplant Patient Leaves Hospital

The recipient of the world's first full face transplant has been discharged from hospital. The 31-year-old man, identified only as Oscar, received the transplant in a 24-hour operation at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Spain. Oscar was involved in a shooting accident

By cms admin

The recipient of the world’s first full face transplant has been discharged from hospital.

The 31-year-old man, identified only as Oscar, received the transplant in a 24-hour operation at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Spain.

Oscar was involved in a shooting accident that left him needing a total replacement of facial skin, muscles, nose and lips.

The 30-strong team, led by Dr JP Barret, used plastic surgery and micro-neurovascular reconstructive surgery technique to transplant muscles, nose, lips, maxilla, palate, teeth, cheekbones, and the mandible

Metal plates have been used to support the new facial structure.

Doctors believe the patient can regain up to 90% of his facial functions.

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