First Patient to Receive Full Face Transplant Doing Great
July 27, 2010
Spain (ChattahBox) – A Spanish man who was the first to receive a full facial transplant showed the results in public for the first time this week, at a press conference in Barcelona.
The 31-year-old farmer, identified as Oscar, has been struggling for the past five years, after an accident led to him shooting himself in the face with a shotgun. The resulting blast nearly killed him, and left his face mangled and deformed.
In March, he was the first to receive a full facial transplant in a 24-hour operation that involved 30 specialists that reconstructed his jaw, cheeks, mouth, eyes and forehead, before placing the skin and features of the face on top, in a similar way to a mask.
Within the first two months, he was able to eat soft foods on his own, and though it is with great difficulty, he can now speak. He is also regaining the feeling in his face, and can almost close his eyes completely.
Doctors from the Hospital Vall d’Hebron say that with 12 – 18 months of physical therapy, he could regain up to 90% of his facial functions, an incredible feat for such a serious injury.
“He feels very good with his face,” his sister was quoted as saying the The Independent.
“He has some of his previous features. He recognises himself and he doesn’t have a strange feeling.”
The second full face transplant has now been conducted in France as of this month, on a man who suffered from a rare genetic disorder that left him severely disfigured.
This incredible advance in medical technology is sure to continue to progress over time, and it will be exciting to see how it is perfected in the near future.