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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

World's First Face Transplant

On Sunday (November 27, 2005), the world's first face transplant took place in France.

Here are a few excerpts from the article, Woman 'has first face transplant', CNN, Nov. 30, 2005:

The grafted tissue came from another woman who had been declared brain-dead, with the consent of her family * * *.

Various organs were also donated from the deceased woman for other patients.

Similar procedures have been discussed by British and American doctors, but because of ethical concerns they have not been approved.

The woman will not look identical to her donor even once the swelling has gone down. Her appearance will be somewhere between her original face and the face of the donor.

Special thanks to Mr. Douglas Cowan for bringing this cutting-edge case (pun intended) to my attention.


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