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World's First Full Face Transplant Done in France

The operation was carried out on a 35-year old patient named only as "Jerome" who suffered from a genetic disorder. Surgeon Laurent Lantieri carried out the 12-hour surgery, which is hailed as a world first because it included the transplant of tear ducts and eyelids.

Physorg cites Lantieri as saying Jerome is doing very well. Having waited two years for the transplant, his first reaction to seeing his new face in the mirror was to give two thumbs up.

"My patient is doing well. He is walking, eating, talking. His beard has started to grow back on his new face," Lantieri told the AFP.

The face transplant involved removing a whole face, including mouth and eyelids, from a corpse and attaching to Jerome using a microscope to connect nerves and blood vessels.

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(Physorg via Engadget)

  • The patient must be careful not to do anything under the guise of someone who is dead. He would most certainly lose face for his crimes.
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  • AMW1011
    Wow...

    ...Not sure what else to say. Good luck Jerome and good job to the surgeon.
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  • cekasone
    I wanna watch Face/Off so bad now.
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  • mackinator
    man having a dead persons face has gotta be creepy as hell
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  • pojih
    mackinatorman having a dead persons face has gotta be creepy as hell
    any creepier than a dead persons's heart?
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  • marraco
    This news is half a decade old.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face_transplant
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  • zerapio
    Thanks netetrader for the tip. Now I'm off to make a killing! BRB...
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  • FloKid
    Why would you put tear ducts in? So he can cry?
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  • Goro
    FloKidWhy would you put tear ducts in? So he can cry?
    Please tell me you are joking?
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  • Simple11
    Ya I was taken back by it being from a corpse face. How do you preserve the face or was it finally time for the surgery because they found a comparable face? Either way it's amazing!
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