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As Face Transplant Fails, Woman Hopes for Another

'I've done many, many things' because of the first procedure, patient says

(Newser) - "I've done many, many things because I had a face transplant," Carmen Tarleton said. That has helped her decide what to do now that the transplant is failing: "It is my wish and my choice to be retransplanted." Tarleton's estranged husband attacked her with... More »

She Shot Off Her Face. Now She Has a New One

'National Geographic' spent years following Katie Stubblefield's journey

(Newser) - "The face lies on a surgical tray, eyes empty and unseeing, mouth agape, as if exclaiming, 'Oh!'" It's a line from Joanna Connors' National Geographic September cover story, which follows 21-year-old Katie Stubblefield as she becomes the youngest person on the planet to receive a... More »

He Lost 2 Faces, but Now Has a Third

Jerome Hamon of France is the world's first recipient of two face transplants

(Newser) - Face transplants are no longer such a medical rarity that they generate widespread coverage, but a new one in France is an exception. That's because patient Jerome Hamon has become the first person in the world to receive two face transplants. Both the BBC and the Telegraph have coverage,... More »

Woman Meets Man Given Husband's Face

She donated it to man who lived 10 years without one

(Newser) - Sixteen months after transplant surgery gave Andy Sandness the face that had belonged to Calen "Rudy" Ross, he met the woman who had agreed to donate her high school sweetheart's visage to a man who lived nearly a decade without one. The two came together last month in... More »

Man Who Got Face Transplant Details Life After Risky Surgery

Pat Hardison says he 'bet it all' and won; now he vacations with his kids, lives life to fullest

(Newser) - There was only a 50% chance the face transplant that could transform his life would work—and it was a gamble Mississippi's Pat Hardison won. Per USA Today , the ex-Senatobia firefighter received the "world's most extensive face transplant" in August 2015, after he'd been severely burned... More »

A 2006 Suicide Attempt Took His Face. He Just Got Another

Andy Sandness becomes Mayo Clinic's first face transplant recipient

(Newser) - Andy Sandness didn't want to die—but he didn't realize that until he tried to take his own life on Dec. 23, 2006. The "super, super depressed" 21-year-old Wyoming man had shot himself beneath the chin with a rifle; when police arrived, he begged them to save... More »

Recipient of World's 1st Partial Face Transplant Dies

Isabelle Dinoire's mouth and nose were chewed off by her dog in 2005

(Newser) - Isabelle Dinoire has died 11 years after receiving a new mouth, nose, and chin in the world's first partial face transplant, the Guardian reports. She was 49. The procedure was seen as a medical breakthrough at the time, notes the AP . Dinoire died in April, but her death... More »

5 Years After Face Transplant, Body Rejecting Tissue

Doctors were trying to wean her off anti-rejection drugs

(Newser) - The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant, the AP reports. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at Brigham and Women's... More »

Face Transplant Recipient: 'I Can Feel Everything'

Mitchell Hunter speaks out for the first time

(Newser) - Mitchell Hunter was the second recipient of a full face transplant in the US, and five years after the procedure, he's talking publicly about his success story. "I feel just as healthy as I did when I was 21, and I feel great," the Indiana 35-year-old tells... 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 »

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 »

Gun Victim Gets Full Face Transplant

Surgery called most complex yet

(Newser) - A Virginia man who suffered a gun accident has undergone a face transplant at the University of Maryland, and doctors say it's the most extensive such operation yet. The surgery required input from 300 health workers and took more than a day to complete, the Baltimore Sun reports. Doctors... More »

Full Face Transplant Patient Debuts New Face

Dallas Wiens appears sporting goatee, sunglasses

(Newser) - It's tough to image a sweeter reaction: When Dallas Wiens showed his four-year-old daughter his new face, she told him, "Daddy, you're so handsome." The nation's first full face transplant debuted that handsome new face to the world today, appearing at Brigham and Women's... More »

Boston Hospital Performs US' 1st Full Face Transplant

25-year-old construction worker gets new face

(Newser) - A Boston hospital has performed the nation's first full face transplant, the AP reports. Dallas Weins, a Texas construction worker badly disfigured and blinded in a 2008 power line accident, underwent a 15-hour operation in which parts of a deceased donor's face were transplanted onto his skull. Weins will not... More »

Man Shows Off Full Face Transplant

Spaniard regains ability to speak, eat

(Newser) - The patient who had the world's first full face transplant showed himself to the world today, the AP reports. The 31-year-old, identified only as Oscar, thanked his doctors and the family of the face donor at a hospital in Barcelona. Though he underwent surgery in March, Oscar has only been... More »

Chimp Victim Leaves Hospital After 15 Months

Charla Nash hopes to undergo additional reconstructive surgery

(Newser) - Charla Nash, who was mauled and blinded by a friend’s chimpanzee in February 2009, left the Cleveland Clinic yesterday. She “has made great progress in her recovery,” the hospital said in a statement. Nash will continue rehabilitation at a Boston-area assisted-living center and hopes to undergo more... More »

Face Transplant Patient Goes Public

Spanish man happy with result of procedure

(Newser) - One of the first recipients of a partial face transplant is showing the world his new look. Known only as Rafael, the man underwent surgery in January at a Spanish hospital, where the lower two-thirds of his face was replaced with tissue from a dead person, AOL News reports. Rafael... More »

Docs Hail World's First Full-Face Transplant

Gunshot farmer gets total makeover

(Newser) - A farmer who accidentally shot himself is the first person in the world to receive a full face transplant. The man, in his 30s, is regaining the ability to speak and swallow after receiving facial skin and muscles, and a new jawbone, nose, palate, and cheekbones from a brain-dead donor,... More »

Superbug Kills Face, Hand Transplant Patient

(Newser) - A French man who received a groundbreaking face and double hand transplant to repair damage from severe burns has died from a massive infection, reports the Independent. The patient, 30, suffered a heart attack during surgery to battle a super bug invasion in his face. Despite the problem, his body... More »

Staring at Disfigured Faces Is 'Instinctive'

Distorted or frozen features trigger a 'primal response' in viewers, scientists believe

(Newser) - The stares people like face transplant patient Connie Culp deal with are likely the result of instinct rather than insensitivity, Wired reports. Scientists believe that disfigured faces flummox the screening system the brain has developed to judge whether a person poses a potential threat, causing people to become transfixed when... More »

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