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US Breakthrough in Womb Transplants Offers New Hope

1 of 4 living donor transplants at Baylor looks promising

(Newser) - America's first uterus transplant might have failed , but doctors are "cautiously optimistic" that one of the country's first living donor womb transplants could be a success. Surgeons at Baylor University Medical Center say they performed the living donor transplants on four women, aged 20 to 35—each... More »

Hand Transplant Recipient Regrets Having Surgery

"I can do absolutely nothing"

(Newser) - In 2009, Jeff Kepner became the first person in the US to receive a double hand transplant. Today, the 64-year-old wishes he never had the surgery. “From day one I have never been able to use my hands,” he tells Time . “I can do absolutely nothing.”... More »

Woman Gets First Transplant Necessitated by Needle Phobia

Diabetic patient couldn't handle her daily insulin shots

(Newser) - It's not too strange to hear about a diabetic undergoing a pancreas transplant. What's unusual here is that the transplant was necessitated by the UK patient's extreme fear of needles—the first time that's happened anywhere in the world, the BBC reports. Sue York, 55, has... More »

New for US Troops: Another Man's Penis

Johns Hopkins surgeons willing to try experimental surgery

(Newser) - We know about missing arms and legs. But US troops have also suffered a "hidden injury" in Iraq and Afghanistan—genitalia destroyed by bomb blasts. Now, doctors at Johns Hopkins University say they want to try repairing these wounds with experimental penis transplants, the New York Times reports. "... More »

How a Burn Victim Got Another Man's Face

41-year-old Patrick Hardison now has 27-year-old David Rodebaugh's face

(Newser) - In September 2001, 27-year-old Patrick Hardison was burned beyond recognition, his face melted off in a horrific house fire, his story in New York magazine begins. The Mississippi firefighter underwent more than 70 surgeries over 12 years, with every aspect of his life impacted. His relationship with his wife, Chrissi,... More »

Beard-Transplanting Is a Growing Business

You can look like a lumberjack for $7K

(Newser) - Baby-faced men can now look like lumberjacks thanks to advances in transplant technology, and a growing number of them are choosing to do so. Hair restoration surgeons say over the last decade, beard transplant requests have grown from a few a year to several per month or even per week,... More »

Boy, 8, Is Youngest to Get New Hands

He lost them to infection when he was a toddler

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons say. Zion Harvey's forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles yesterday at a hospital news conference. He... More »

This Doctor Is Doing Head Transplants—Small Ones

Xiaoping Ren to perform head transplant on monkey this summer

(Newser) - A head transplant may sound like something out of a horror movie, but Dr. Xiaoping Ren has completed about 1,000 on mice. This summer, he'll attempt his first such procedure on a monkey in a case that will be closely watched. Ren, who worked in the US for... More »

Texas Makes History With Remarkable Transplant

Jim Boysen given skull, scalp grafts to treat cancer wound

(Newser) - Doctors at Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital have made history with the first partial skull and scalp transplant from a human donor. Jim Boysen, 55, of Austin underwent a kidney-pancreas transplant in 1992 and had been taking immune suppression drugs to prevent organ rejection since. The... More »

Sister Meets Man Who Now Wears Her Brother's Face

Meeting comes 3 years after transplant

(Newser) - Steady advances in face transplants have led to a remarkable reunion of sorts: A woman has met the man now wearing her brother's face. The encounter between Rebekah Aversano and Richard Norris took place in Norris' Virginia home before the cameras of 60 Minutes Australia, reports the Guardian . "... More »

Guy Volunteers for World's First Head Transplant

Valery Spiridonov is chosen to undergo radical surgery

(Newser) - Some call it insane. One describes a fate "worse than death." But for a 30-year-old Russian man whose muscles are wasting away, Dr. Sergio Canavero's plan to transplant a human head is highly appealing, reports Medical News Today . "I can hardly control my body now,"... More »

Transplanting a Human Head? That's Insane

Even ignoring ethics, the science just isn't there: Nick Stockton

(Newser) - We've been hearing a lot of hype about head transplants , largely thanks to a single surgeon who suggests he's pretty much got it figured out. Well, don't believe it for a second, writes Nick Stockton in Wired : The "plan is insane. Like, James Bond villain insane.... More »

Surgeon: We Could Transplant Human Head in 2017

An Italian surgeon has outlined the procedure

(Newser) - Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero said in 2013 that surgery to transplant a human head would be possible soon. Now he's set to announce a project to do just that, via a keynote lecture at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conference this June. He sees the... More »

New Big Thing: Beard Transplants

Weird procedure is growing in popularity in New York

(Newser) - It's hard out there for facial-hair-challenged men: Beards are in, and some guys who are less fortunate are turning to a popular beard transplant procedure to spur some growth and cheat mother nature. According to DNAinfo, more and more New York doctors are seeing men—from Brooklyn hipsters to... More »

Man Grows New Nose ... on His Forehead

Not your average nose job

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man in China needed a new nose. So a surgeon has built him one ... on his forehead. The surgeon, Guo Zhihui from Fujian Medical University Union Hospital, constructed the second nose out of cartilage from the man's ribs, then put it under the skin on his forehead... More »

We Can Now Do Human Head Transplants: Neuroscientist

Italian scientist says we have the technology

(Newser) - Scientists have been carrying out head transplants on animals since the 1970s, when a monkey's head was moved to another monkey's body; the resulting creature survived, paralyzed, for a few days. But so far, no one has attempted to put a human head on a different human body.... More »

First Double Leg Transplant Patient Loses Legs

Unrelated illness forces him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs

(Newser) - A sad ending to the story of the first double leg transplant: The unnamed patient had to have his new legs, which were transplanted almost two years ago , amputated. The man, who initially lost his legs in a road accident and was in his 20s at the time of the... More »

Limbless Soldier Gets Double Arm Transplant

One of just 7 in US history

(Newser) - Following a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a 26-year-old Iraq veteran has become the first US service member to get a double arm transplant. Just seven people in the US have ever successfully gone through the procedure, experts tell the Washington Post ; only 60 worldwide have received arm transplants, says... More »

Docs Perform First Quadruple Limb Transplant

Turkish surgeons restore arms and legs to 27-year-old

(Newser) - Doctors in Turkey say they have performed the world's first quadruple limb transplant on a man who lost both arms and legs at age 13, Sky News reports. The 20-hour operation at a hospital in Ankara required more than 50 doctors working on the patient, 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar. "... More »

Spain Performs First Double Leg Transplant

Dr. Pedro Cavadas led team in an operation lasting nearly 14 hours

(Newser) - Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first double leg transplant, giving new lower limbs to a patient who lost both legs at mid-thigh in an accident, officials said yesterday. The surgical team was led by Dr. Pedro Cavadas, who in 2009 carried out Spain's first face... More »

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