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Wednesday, November 1st 2006

Full Face Transplant


Since France Did The First Partial Face Transplant, Others Have Joined In

Now, English physicians have been given the go ahead to try the first complete face transplant,

A team at the Royal Free in Hampstead, headed by surgeon Peter Butler, has been given approval by an ethics committee to carry out the historic operation.

It will involve three surgical teams working over at least 15 hours and could take place within months.

Four people will be operated on in a clinical trial initially. The team have seen 34 patients but have yet to select the first one for the transplant.

This raises significant ethical issues, but I think the potential to improve the quality of life of these patients, especially with full disclosure and psychological counseling, is well worth the effort.

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