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Doctors in France claim 'world first' face transplant

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-08

French doctors supervised by Laurent Lantieri (pictured) claim to have successfully conducted a full-face transplant in June on a disfigured 35-year-old man, Le Parisien newspaper reported. A Spanish medical team made the same claim in April.

AFP - French doctors are claiming to have carried out the world's first successful full-face transplant, a news report said Thursday.

The operation was conducted at the end of June on a 35-year-old man whose face had been deformed by a genetic disorder and constituted "a world first", the Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui newspaper said.

The patient "is doing well. He is walking, he is eating, he is talking", Laurent Lantieri, head of reconstructive surgery at the Creteil Henri-Mondor hospital in the Paris suburbs, who carried out the operation, told the newspaper.

A full-face transplant involves the removal of the entire face from a corpse, including mouth and eyelids, and grafting it onto the patient.

"We are the first to have done a full-face transplant including eyelids and tear ducts. I am proud because this has been done in France," Lantieri was quoted as saying.

In April, a Spanish medical team announced that it had conducted a full-face transplant in a Barcelona hospital on a young man whose face was badly injured in an accident.

Date created : 2010-07-08

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