Picture of first face transplant patient

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Picture of first face transplant patient

Here is the first public appearance of the person who had the first face transplant. What amazes me is the person who's face it was is also named....

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Sunday Times

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She is house-hunting, planning a new career and her once-broken heart is filled with hope.

Isabelle Dinoire knows that rebuilding her life will be a slow process.

But, even though her scars are still livid, she can now look at the world with optimism.

Barely two months ago, the 38-year-old French divorcee received the world's first face transplant and this exclusive photograph reveals the full extent of her remarkable transformation.

Last May, she had a wide, tilted nose, a prominent chin and thin lips. Today, the donated face of suicide Maryline Saint-Aubert has given her a straight and narrow nose, a neater chin and a fuller mouth.

Despite the prominent surgical scars, Miss Dinoire and her doctors say they are delighted by the results.

The operation has left her new mouth looking somewhat loose, but surgeons are confident she will regain control over her partially paralysed face.

Her recovery, they point out, is still in its early stages. Only last month, she appeared to be rejecting the precious new tissue, but a course of steroids has put her recuperation on track.

The transplant was performed by a team of 50 surgeons in Lyon, led by Jean-Michel Dubernard.

Five months earlier, Miss Dinoire's features were destroyed when her labrador savaged her while she was unconscious after a drug overdose. Her face was left a patchwork of torn flesh and exposed bone so shocking that one of her two teenage daughters refused to look at her.


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By netchicken: posted on 30-1-2006

That is truely amazing to be able to transplant a face. I wonder if she has to take a anti rejection medication to keep the new face alive.
By YCON: posted on 30-1-2006

Whats sad though is that she is back to chain smoking, you would think that she would have learned from it. Still typical french :)
By netchicken: posted on 30-1-2006








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