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    Face Transplant?

    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/arti...00010000000001

    I hope this works because it would be a blessing for people that have been disfigured. It sounds scary and painful though.


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    Very interesting article, thanx for posting it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deandaniellws
    http://aolsvc.news.aol.com/news/arti...00010000000001

    I hope this works because it would be a blessing for people that have been disfigured. It sounds scary and painful though.
    It's possible--they've actually done a partial one, i believe. The big danger is that the immune system suppressants that would keep your body from rejecting your new face leave you open to a host of otherwise non-fatal infections & diseases.


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    I am really going to watch this story. I hope it works out well for the patient and the doctor.


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    Face Transplant

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051201/..._transplant_18

    LYON, France - Doctors in France said they had performed the world's first partial face transplant, forging into a risky medical frontier with their operation on a woman disfigured by a dog bite.


    The 38-year-old woman, who wants to remain anonymous, had a nose, lips and chin grafted onto her face from a brain-dead donor whose family gave consent. The operation, performed Sunday, included a surgeon already famous for transplant breakthroughs, Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard.

    "The patient's general condition is excellent and the transplant looks normal," said a statement issued Wednesday from the hospital in the northern city of Amiens where the operation took place. Dubernard would not discuss the surgery, but confirmed that it involved the nose, lips and chin

    Some considerations:

    "The recipient chose to take the risk of the operation failing if the blood vessels become blocked. There's a medium-term risk of the immunosuppressant drugs failing to control rejection of the donor tissue, and a long-term risk of the drugs causing cancers.

    "She could be back to square one without a face, needing further reconstruction operations."

    Medics have been concerned over whether the side-effects of the the immunosuppression drugs, which patients must take for the rest of their lives, would outweigh the benefits.

    The drugs can increase the risk of cancer. Concerns have also been raised over the psychological impact on the patient if the surgery failed.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/12/01...ion=cnn_latest


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    Face Transplant Lady Using New Lips To Smoke

    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE

    http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/ap/thum...0118163833.jpg(AP) Dr. Jean-Michel Dubenards, left, from Lyon, France, speaks at a press conference, while Dr. Bernard...


    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The world's first face transplant recipient is using her new lips to take up smoking again, which doctors fear could interfere with her healing and raise the risk of tissue rejection. "It is a problem," Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard, who led the team that performed the pioneering transplant in France on Nov. 27, acknowledged on Wednesday

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060118/D8F7BBU8F.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE

    http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/ap/thum...0118163833.jpg(AP) Dr. Jean-Michel Dubenards, left, from Lyon, France, speaks at a press conference, while Dr. Bernard...


    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The world's first face transplant recipient is using her new lips to take up smoking again, which doctors fear could interfere with her healing and raise the risk of tissue rejection. "It is a problem," Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard, who led the team that performed the pioneering transplant in France on Nov. 27, acknowledged on Wednesday

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060118/D8F7BBU8F.html
    I read about a guy that had his fingers cut off in an accident. The doctors told him if they reattatched them and he smoked it would make him loose good circulation to the tissue and it would all be for nothing.
    Well he smoked and his fingers started dying off and he lost them all.


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    http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/18....ap/index.html


    THIS IS JUST SICK. This woman doesn't deserve any further treatment. It's like the chronic alcoholic that has a liver that's shot AND IS ON THE DONOR LIST yet still drinks. NO WAY. You do purposeful damage to yourself, forget the medical care.


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    There are those who have been know to smoke through their trach, so this doesn't shock me at all.


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    Classic thread title, though. My hat's off to Linda.


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    Isn't this woman a pioneer and sort of a guinea pig? A few months ago there were reports of doctors saying that this procedure really isn't even ethical right now and is very iffy. I say that she deserves even more care and help to quit the smoking and manage the stress and pain that she must have endured.


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    She tried to kill herself and her dog ate a portion of her face while she was passed out due to a drug overdose. I don't think that qualifies her as a "pioneer" though! LOL Many doctors didn't think she was a good candidate for the surgery because of her mental problems and the fact that she didn't take good enough care of herself before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP)
    She tried to kill herself and her dog ate a portion of her face while she was passed out due to a drug overdose. I don't think that qualifies her as a "pioneer" though! LOL Many doctors didn't think she was a good candidate for the surgery because of her mental problems and the fact that she didn't take good enough care of herself before.

    I really did not know that. Very interesting. How long was she passed out?
    Just my opinion of course!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachael
    I really did not know that. Very interesting. How long was she passed out?

    I'm not sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blueclouds
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/18....ap/index.html


    THIS IS JUST SICK. This woman doesn't deserve any further treatment. It's like the chronic alcoholic that has a liver that's shot AND IS ON THE DONOR LIST yet still drinks. NO WAY. You do purposeful damage to yourself, forget the medical care.
    For crying out loud, she's French. They exit the womb with a cigarette in their mouths.


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