Plans advancing for world's first face transplant

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    Medical science is just about ready for the world's first face transplant.

    A Cleveland clinic doctor is going to talk with 12 possible patients over the next few weeks about the radical idea.

    The consent form says the risks are so unknown that doctors don't think informed consent is possible. It tells potential patients their face will be removed and replaced with one from a cadaver. Infections could mean a second transplant or skin grafts. Drugs to prevent rejection would be needed forever and would increase the risk of kidney damage and cancer.

    Another form tells the donor's family the recipient will not look like the dead person. That's because bone and muscle, not skin, gives a face its shape.
    http://www.wtsp.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=18976

    In the next few weeks, five men and seven women will secretly visit the Cleveland Clinic to interview for the chance to have a radical operation that's never been tried anywhere before.

    The "consent form" says that this surgery is so novel and so many of its risks unknown that doctors don't think informed consent is even possible.

    Here is what it tells potential patients:

    Your face will be removed and replaced with one from a cadaver, matched for tissue type, age, sex and skin color. Surgery should last 8 to 10 hours; the hospital stay, 10 to 14 days.

    Complications could include infections that discolor your new face and require a second transplant or reconstruction with skin grafts. Drugs to prevent rejection will be needed lifelong, and they raise the risk of kidney damage and cancer.
    http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/09/17/face.transplant.ap/index.html
     
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  3. Magnum PI

    Magnum PI Former Member

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    what a God send for burn victims...mpi
     

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