Isabelle Dinoire , the first-ever recipient of a partial face transplant, died in April after a long illness, according to a statement from the Amiens University Hospital in France. While the hospital did not give more details about the cause of death, a joint story from Agence France-Presse and Huffington Post France reported that her body rejected her transplants this winter , causing her to lose partial use of her lips. Le Figaro, the first newspaper to report the story, noted that the medications she was taking to prevent the transplant rejection were linked to two cancers she had. She was 49 years old. Dinoire lost the lower half of her face at the age of 38 after her dog mauled her in her sleep.
For face transplant recipients, some of the healing is psychological
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A face transplant is a medical procedure to replace all or part of a person's face using tissue from a donor. The world's first partial face transplant on a living human was carried out in France in People with faces disfigured by trauma , burns , disease, or birth defects might aesthetically benefit from the procedure. An alternative to a face transplant is facial reconstruction, which typically involves moving the patient's own skin from their back, buttocks, thighs, or chest to their face in a series of as many as 50 operations to regain even limited functionality, and a face that is often likened to a mask or a living quilt.
Dallas Wiens, first full face transplant recipient in U.S., grows comfortable in his new skin
AP — A woman who was severely burned in a domestic violence attack in Vermont is hoping for a second face transplant after doctors recently discovered tissue damage that likely will lead to the loss of her donor face. Tarleton, who now lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, told The Boston Globe she has no regrets about the transplant because it dramatically improved her life. She has learned to play the piano and banjo, wrote a memoir and has spoken to many groups about her life. She lost 20 pounds and began walking five miles a week.
Facial transplantation once existed only within the realms of science fiction and fantasy. But today, it has moved from being an experimental possibility to a medical reality, giving new lease of life to many victims of facial disfigurements. In the recent news is the story of Katie Stubblefield, a year-old girl who lost a substantial part of her face to a self-inflicted rifle shot in