First US face transplant procedure performed

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    Hopefully it will turn out better than it did in Kobo Abe's novel. :eek:

    Mildly creepy, but impressive, and, I guess, will hopefully really enhance this poor person's quality of life. What a sacrifice to make, to let someone else wear your face after you are done with it.
     
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    I don't get that one, at all. Once you're dead, you're dead.

    Not Christian, no problem.

    Christian, still no problem. God can subdue all things unto Himself.

    Now the living next-of-kin, I can see that being a BIG problem. ;)
     
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    That would be weird to have a completely different face. It would be even weirder to be the next-of-kin to the person who donated the face, and seeing it on another person.
     
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    I'd be willing to bet that the recipient is disfigured beyond anything that we can imagine. And I have seen some of this with Cancer patients.

    It would definitely be jarring to the next-of-kin, for sure.
     
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    I can't imagine the similarity would be that uncanny. A person's eyes and bone structure play such a strong role in personal appearance, more so than the skin and tissues. Plus this isn't likely to be seamless, for lack of a better way of putting it. I wonder how well it "takes" and how she heals.
     
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    The person will not look like the person who donated it (due to a difference in bone structure and muslce differences), or indeed their original selves (due to differences in skin tones and shapes).
     
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    How well it takes is actually one of the biggest issues... the recipient has a lifelong risk of rejecting the tissue, although it can usually be managed with suppressants.

    I doubt privacy laws would allow for disclosure of the donor and recipient or before/after pictures, but I'd be very curious also....
     
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    Love the pic on that page, bottom right. [​IMG]

    Oh well, it could have been Tori Spelling. :eek:
     
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    I think you'd look the same. Bone structure is everything. You may be a different skin tone, but that's it.
     
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    I know a few people who I think should have new faces. :D
     
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    william sire

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    And I'm sure you as I did thought this was ridiculous when you saw that movie "Face Off" with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage.
     
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    Actually I was just thinking that it was a terrible movie.
     
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    It's actually my prototype of the entire concept of bad movies. :eek:

    At least in my allusion, I alluded to a highly prized piece of literary fiction.... :p
     
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    The movie is entertaining, but it's a little out there.
     
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    Before she was hit by the drunk driver and after she was hit...
     

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    That's so sad.
     
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    That really is :(
     
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    I think there was a YouTube message from someone who looked similar after a car crash. She was hit by a drink driver, clearly suffered massive damage to the face, and had her face reconstructed. :(
     

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