Face transplant performed in Boston

A NEW FACE

A NEW FACE

BOSTON (USA) — A man  injured severly  in a fall has undergone the second partial face transplant performed in the United States, says a spokesman  from a Boston hospital.

Eight surgeons, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, performed the transplant Thursday during 17 hours of intense surgery, The Boston Herald reported Friday.

The surgeons replaced the man’s nose, hard palate, upper lip, facial skin, muscles that animate the face and the nerves that power them and provide sensation, the hospital statement said.

The surgery was made possible through organ donation from the New England Organ Bank, the hospital said, adding that the patient’s identity was being kept private.

FACE SURGERY

FACE SURGERY

The first face transplant in the United States was performed in December at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic on a woman who had suffered severe facial trauma. The woman was able to breathe through her nose, smell, eat solid foods and drink from a cup once the surgery was completed, her doctors said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 15th April 2009

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