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French, in First, Use a Transplant to Repair a Face
NY Times ^ | December 1, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN

Posted on 11/30/2005 10:34:09 PM PST by neverdem

Surgeons in France have for the first time performed a partial face transplant, a surgeon who led one of the two teams that performed the operation said yesterday.

The recipient of the transplant was a 38-year-old woman who had been severely disfigured in an attack by a dog, said the surgeon, Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard of Lyon. The operation was carried out in Amiens on Sunday.

In a brief telephone interview, Dr. Dubernard said the two surgical teams had grafted a nose, lips and chin from a donor who had been declared brain dead onto the woman's face.

Hospital officials said the woman who received the transplant did not wish to be identified. They gave no details about what measures, if any, had been taken to reconstruct her face short of a transplant. "The patient is well and fine, and the graft is O.K.," Dr. Dubernard said. He said a news conference would be held tomorrow in Lyon to discuss the case.

The surgery represents the first foray into a much-debated realm of medicine. A number of other surgical teams in the United States, France and the Netherlands have announced plans to perform various types of face transplants. But none are known to have performed the procedure. Face transplants are among the most disputed frontiers in transplantation science because they are so risky and no one can say what a patient will look like afterward.

Ethics committees in France and England have rejected proposals to perform full face transplants until...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: facetransplant; medicine; science; tpl
Dr. Dubernard said his team planned to do another transplant - of bone marrow - on the woman while she was in the hospital in Lyon. Although bone narrow transplants are a standard treatment for some conditions, in this case the hope would be that it would increase the patient's tolerance to a graft.???
1 posted on 11/30/2005 10:34:10 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem; All
I'm thinking I don't want to see any pix of this...
2 posted on 11/30/2005 10:35:42 PM PST by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives; the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: neverdem
I'm thinking the French government needs a new face....

-- my thoughts, Trever Online
3 posted on 11/30/2005 10:38:02 PM PST by precedence (Liberalism::Not a Family Value)
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To: neverdem

4 posted on 11/30/2005 11:00:22 PM PST by martin_fierro (Not a good week for Glitter and Flair)
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To: neverdem
French, in First, Use a Transplant to Repair a Face

Since the French are two-faced, no donors were forced to sacrifice an essential body part.

5 posted on 11/30/2005 11:08:50 PM PST by Tall_Texan (HOUSTON ASTROS - NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2005)
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To: Tall_Texan

Now that was a Zinger.


6 posted on 11/30/2005 11:09:56 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: neverdem
It is creepy to think that some one would wear a dead person's nose, lips and chin I guess this was some other woman's face from the bridge of the nose down.

Could you imagine kissing a dead woman's lips?

7 posted on 11/30/2005 11:12:00 PM PST by Rocketman
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To: decal
I'm so happy that they're starting to do this. One can debate the pros and cons of plastic surgery to make a nose a little thinner or boobs a bit bigger, but this procedure is badly needed by some people who are dealing with a serious mess. Right now, I don't think the procedure is developed enough to make someone look perfectly normal, but it can help a person feel human again.

Thank God for modern medicine!

8 posted on 11/30/2005 11:13:20 PM PST by Marie (Stop childhood obesity! Give em' Marlboros, not milkshakes!)
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To: neverdem
well since its only natural and obvious to be the french.

In the USA we have ol long faced John F'n Kerry who've established in the culture what it means to be 2-FACED on every issue!!!

9 posted on 11/30/2005 11:16:20 PM PST by prophetic
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To: prophetic

The French will be lining up for this.


10 posted on 11/30/2005 11:22:59 PM PST by Neanderthal
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To: Rocketman
"Could you imagine kissing a dead woman's lips?"

This has real potential for a first wife joke and a rim-shot.
11 posted on 11/30/2005 11:24:36 PM PST by CrazyIvan (If you read only one book this year, read "Stolen Valor".)
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To: decal
I've seen what dog bites, broken bottle fights, fires, and car accidents can do to someones face that torments them for the remainder of their lives. I see no reason why a total facial transplant can't be used, much less a partial face transplant that would make life more bearable for the victims noted above. If you could repair your face so you wouldn't look like a monster, I'm sure you would have no problem giving it a try. If it's a failure you still remain a shut in as most of these people don't get out much since they look like freak shows already.

I remember right after I had brain surgery and the scars were still kind of raunchy looking, people would move away from me when my dad dragged me into a restaurant. Once my hair covered over the scars I no longer had a problem.

People that can't hide their scars, hide themselves. I hope this treatment makes a new world for the many people that need it. Many of our brave soldiers could benefit from these procedures to make them a better life after a bad facial war wound. This sounds like a miracle that many people pray for every day that really need it to improve their lives.
12 posted on 11/30/2005 11:38:29 PM PST by herkbird (Semper Fi)
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To: Zack Nguyen

Here's another one so obvious I'm surprised I got it first...

"It is rumored the french will beging work insterting a SPINE"

*rimshot*


13 posted on 11/30/2005 11:53:45 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: Crim

*Note to self...spell check is your friend*


14 posted on 11/30/2005 11:54:52 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: herkbird

Really, my only issue with this is what do you do if the body rejects it?
What do you replace it with?


15 posted on 11/30/2005 11:57:04 PM PST by chae (R.I.P. Eddie Guerrero He lied, he cheated, he stole my heart)
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To: chae
By starting out slow and only using facial parts, they can always use skin grafts to cover up rejected areas. I'm sure they are mostly doing this on worst case scenarios where a rejection problem wouldn't make that much difference as the people don't go out in the public anyway. I'm sure over time the rate of rejection and perfecting of this procedure will make it a very worthwhile risk for those with extremely severe facial damage. The transplanting of body parts has come a long way from the first heart transplant and medical science is getting better all the time except for curing certain diseases.
16 posted on 12/01/2005 1:12:39 AM PST by herkbird (Semper Fi)
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To: neverdem
Pawleeeeeeease for the Love of God somebody send this doctor a picture of Hillary and ask if there's any hope.
17 posted on 12/01/2005 1:21:31 AM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: herkbird

Amen, on a serious note; and thank you for sharing a piece of your personal life it helps the rest of us to see things much more clearly.


18 posted on 12/01/2005 1:23:45 AM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: herkbird
I remember right after I had brain surgery and the scars were still kind of raunchy looking, people would move away from me when my dad dragged me into a restaurant. Once my hair covered over the scars I no longer had a problem.

I was in the same boat at age 16. People would stare and stay a good distance from me until my hair grew back. Kids, in particular, were very cruel about it.

Fortunately, time fades the scars - Both physical and emotional. A good thing as time is doing the same to my hairline :)

19 posted on 12/01/2005 1:46:50 AM PST by ExDemSince92 (/* You are not expected to understand this */)
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20 posted on 12/01/2005 2:47:43 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Marie

Ditto.


21 posted on 12/01/2005 2:51:04 AM PST by mmercier (a dreamer of pictures)
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22 posted on 12/01/2005 5:37:04 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: neverdem
the woman who received the transplant did not wish to be identified

I guess so.

23 posted on 12/01/2005 6:02:29 AM PST by Bear_Slayer
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To: neverdem
I'm really suprised nobody posted this:


24 posted on 12/01/2005 11:54:35 AM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: decal

The other thread on this (search FR) had pictures. Very Very heartbreaking. I'm glad something could be done for her. She was a pretty girl before the accident.


25 posted on 12/01/2005 11:56:53 AM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: Tall_Texan
Ze French, zey are a funny race: zey fight with ze feet and.....
26 posted on 12/01/2005 12:01:17 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (In war, the only intelligent exit strategy is Victory.)
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To: Clock King
Or this:


27 posted on 12/01/2005 6:09:01 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Free the Crevo Three!)
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