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Face Off-2: French man undergoes second face transplant in medical history's first such case

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 April 2018, 10:59 IST

The 43-year-old Frenchman Jerome Hamon suffers from a genetic mutation which leads to disfiguring tumour and complications. He underwent the first transplant in the year 2010 but after six-years, his body started rejecting and his face structure started deteriorating.

In November 2017 doctors operated and removed his face leaving him without the face for nearly two-month and all this while he wasn't able to hear, speak or see.

Months passed by and Jerome was without face and hope. He lay lifeless in a hospital bed.

He was given blood treatment for nearly three months before a 22-year-old donor came forward for a second transplant.

He shared that he was like 'the walking dead' without skin, ear, eyelid. He also said, " I was ready for a new treatment but there was a possibility of rejection." 

Dr Laurent Lantieri who first performed the transplant was from Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris, he shared that the first transplant was successful and they gave a new face to the patient named  Jerome Hamon.

Talking about his medical conditions, Dr Lantieri shared that suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1. This is a genetic condition that caused severe disfiguring tumours on the face.


His first donor was a 60-year-old and his second donor is 21-year-old so he joked on a French television that he would look 20-years younger. 

First ever transplant was conducted in 2005 on a France woman named Isabelle Dinoire wh passed away in 2016 due to cancer. There has been more than 40 face transplant to date but this is the first time that a second face transplant has happened successfully.

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First published: 18 April 2018, 10:59 IST