Man receives face transplant after shooting accident


The BBC reports

A man injured in a shooting accident received the entire facial skin and muscles – including cheekbones, nose, lips and teeth – of a donor.

The man is recovering well after the 22-hour operation, said a spokesperson from Vall d’Hebron University Hospital.

[Hat Tip: Slashdot]


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  • SpudGun

    I hope he goes out and buys two gold plated .45s with ivory grips to celebrate his new face.

  • Tim

    WOW! if you read the full article and realize what they actually acomplished, please escuze me but that is god damned AMAZING. gross and bad scientist like. but unbelievable.

  • Tim

    yes its spelt excuse. i think. but its 73o and i havent had a coffee yet;)

  • http://ff3300.net Laurent

    It looks a lot like the kind of injuries you shoot yourself unde the chin with a shotgun. Most of the news I heard were about an “accident”, so I supposed it was a car or motocycle accident, but now, it don’t make a lot of sense. What sort of “shooting accident” can chop most of your face but leave your limbs intact or the shooter alive ?

  • pete

    Were John Travolta and Nicholas Cage involved in this operation?

  • slntax

    im thinking with shooting accident they meant he shot himself and its not a kaboom!

  • zack

    If he did shoot himself in a attempt to kill himself, it makes me sick that doctors would waste their talent on a dirt bag like this. If that is the case then I could care less, it is great news this can be done, but not on a person who tried to take his own life. Suicide is a selfish act, should have done this for a person who was involved in a real accident not “I felt like shooting my face off”.——rant over. If it as a true shooting accident then I am sorry but it does not look that way to me.

  • schofield kid

    @Laurent, some years ago, there were some accidents with blaser r93 rifles… german source: http://bit.ly/dxljCE

  • Clodboy

    “If he did shoot himself in a attempt to kill himself, it makes me sick that doctors would waste their talent on a dirt bag like this. If that is the case then I could care less, it is great news this can be done, but not on a person who tried to take his own life. Suicide is a selfish act, should have done this for a person who was involved in a real accident not “I felt like shooting my face off”.”

    Depression is a serious illness -there isn’t really much of a difference between losing your face because of dysregulated cell growth (disfiguring tumors, elephantiasis, etc.) or a dysregulated brain chemistry (suicidal depression).

    Also, I’m pretty sure the choice of patients for such highly experimental procedures is not only determined by how “deserving” the patient is, but also largely on the odds of success of the procedure. In someone who shot off his jaw and nose, the rest of the head is going to be relatively unscathed, while any car accident powerful enough to rip off a good part of your face is also going to cause enough damage to the bone structure (and most likely the rest of the body) to make the operation significantly riskier.

  • cindy

    My goodness – you guys are brutal on this guy. Have you thought for a second what kind of hell someone might be in to shoot themselves? And – hello – if he did, he didn’t ask to be put back together, did he??? I would say it is pitiful that this was “performed” on him if it was an attempted suicide, but I find your inflamed attitude to be odd. And — if you’re going to correct the spelling on other people – please be sure your own is perfect :).