World’s Most Extensive Face Transplant Completed

We all know that a face transplant is a medical procedure to replace all or part of a person’s face. Previously, there was an interesting case-study of a full face transplant of a woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee, she had a new face with dramatically different nose, lips and facial skin.

On March 19-20, 2012, University of Maryland (UMMC) doctors claims to have carried out the most extensive face transplant ever performed.

37-year-old Richard Norris, who used to wear a mask after being injured in a 1997 gun accident got a new face, including jaw, teeth and tongue after a life-saving and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeons carried out series of transplant operations lasting 72 hours, using organs from one donor in five patients including Mr Norris. The team at the University of Maryland say Mr Norris is now brushing his teeth and shaving, and has regained his sense of smell?

Around 200 wounded US troops may be eligible for face transplants. By the way, this research was funded by Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the Department of Defense. Here are some pictures…

The University of Maryland Press Release

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