First Full Face Transplant in U.S. Done In Brigham and Women’s Hospital

By on Mar 23, 2011 in Health, Science, United States Comments
First full face transplant in U.S.
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The first full face transplant in the United States was attended by over 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, according to international sites on Monday, March 21, 2011.

The recipient of the first ever full face transplant was a 25-year-old Texas native, Dallas Wiens, whose face got burned when it got in contact with a high-voltage wire in 2008. The name of the donor was not revealed by the hospital.

Wiens’ operation lasted for more than 15 hours. His nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and nerves were replaced.

Reports say that Brigham and Women’s is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

According to hospital president Betsy Nable, “The pioneering achievement accomplished by the entire transplant team is a gift made possible by the most selfless act one human being can do for another, organ donation.”

Wiens vision, however, was not restored during the transplant.

Hospital doctors say that Wiens will now have a different appearance that is different from the donor and his own previous appearance.

Other reports say that the first full face transplant in the world was done in Spain in 2010.



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