Rare face and hands transplant operation

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Date: 25.03.2021

A 22-year-old man in New Jersey is recovering after receiving a rare face and hands transplant, relearning how to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze.

Joe DiMeo received the transplant almost six months ago after he was badly burned in a car crash two years prior.

Experts say it appears the surgery at NYU Langone Health was a success, but have warned that it will still take time to see how the transplant continues to respond.

At least 18 face transplants and 35 hand transplants have been completed by surgeons worldwide, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

However, a simultaneous face and double hand transplant have only ever been tried twice before, with neither of the cases being a complete success.

“Within the world of transplantation, they’re probably the most unusual,” said Dr David Klassen, UNOS chief medical officer.

The article based on the information: Independent 

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