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Nov232015

Most extensive Face transplant to date!

On August 14th, NYU Langone Medical Center performed a 26-hour surgery on a volunteer firefighter with severe third degree burns that left no normal tissue on his face. In November 2015, the doctors announced that this operation was a success because Patrick (the recipient) has been showing signs of recovery and responding well to immuno-supressants. His new face has been robust with color that indicates the circulation has been restored.

Here are some of the highlights of this surgery:

  • Transplantation of the ears and the ear canals
  • Transplantation of selective bony structures from the donor – nose, chin, cheeks
  • Precise placement of patient-specific metal plates and screws to ensure the proper contour and symmetry of the transplanted face
  • Transplantation of donor’s eyelids and muscles that in control of blinking – first ever in the field of face transplants!

I am both amazed and terrified with the advances in science. This surgery has given hope to countless civilians like – acid attack victims, war veterans, firefighters etc.  I am looking forward to 2017 - a Chinese surgeon has joined forces with an Italian doctor to prepare for what would be the world's first human head transplant. They have their first volunteer as well. This research is definitely controversial but I would say exciting as well. Advances like these inspire me to work harder every day to achieve my goals in the field of science. 


If you are interested in watching a brief clip on what went down in those 26 hours recipient: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-73ce8wSzc

Source: http://nyulangone.org/press-releases/surgeons-at-nyu-langone-medical-center-perform-the-most-extensive-face-transplant-to-date-first-in-new-york-state

Source for human head transplant 2017: http://www.iflscience.com/human-head-transplant

- GG

 

 

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