33-year-old man receives face transplant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

33-year-old man receives face transplant

Doctors in Poland say they've successfully performed a total face transplant on a 33-year-old man just three weeks after he was disfigured.

Face transplants are extremely complicated and would normally take months or even years of planning. That's why this is remarkable. Last month, the 33-year-old's face was severely damaged and his upper jaw was crushed by a machine used to cut stone. His condition was rapidly deteriorating, so doctors moved forward quickly to find a donor face as soon as possible.

The procedure was declared a success, though the patient still faces the risk of infection. The patient will also be on anti-rejection drugs forever to keep his body from rejecting his new face.

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