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22 March 2011 :: 14:03:18 pm 51865

First American to Receive A Complete Face Transplant

TEXAS, U.S.A - The 25-year-old Texas construction worker, Dallas Wiens, has become the first American to receive a complete full-face transplant that would allow him to fulfill his dream as a father.
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“My dream is to kiss my daughter again”, Mr. Wiens says.

Dallas Wiens suffered high-voltage electrical burn to his head two and a half years, when the boom lift he was operating drifted into a nearby power line that seared off his face.

The nearly fatal accident left him in a medically induced coma for three months while doctors perform more than 20 surgeries on him.  The doctors expected Mr. Wiens to be paralyzed from neck down and never walk, talk or eat regular food again, but he regained his fitness and now is able to do 15 push-ups daily.

Dallas Wiens has become the first man in America to have a full-face transplant including his nose, lips, skin, animation muscles and nerves to power them and give sensation.   The operation is made possible by a team of 30 Boston doctors in the duration of 15 hours. 

The first full face transplant was performed on a 31-year-old man called ‘Oscar’ in Spain last year.

Wiens is the third person in the U.S to have a face transplant.  Two other partial face transplants have been done previously in the U.S. – James Maki at the same hospital in 2009 and Connie Culp at the Cleveland Clinic in 2008.

Mr. Wiens is said to be recovering well, talking again and is gradually weaned off his medication. 

“I see every day as a challenge, an opportunity for hope and joy,” Mr Wiens told The Dallas Morning News before surgery.

“I’m happier now than I think. I’m a little nervous as you can expect with any major procedure like this. I’m extremely excited over the possibility of just having a normal life back. There’s no word to describe what that would be like” Mr. Wiens adds.

The transplant breakthrough came after a plastic surgery team led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac at Brigham and Women’s Hospital used an anonymous donor on Mr. Wiens.

Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital said, “Today’s tremendous news marks a new milestone in Brigham and Women’s legacy in transplant surgery,’

‘The pioneering achievement accomplished by the entire transplant team is a gift made possible by the most selfless act one human being can do for another – organ donation.’

‘This remarkable, anonymous gift is another example of the life-affirming power of organ and tissue donation,’ Richard Luskin, CEO of New England Organ Bank, added.

In the U.S, registering as an organ and tissue donor on a driver’s license is not accepted as consent for a face donation.  Only family informed consent is accepted for a face transplant.

Mr. Wiens was selected for the surgery in October after he was shortlisted in the long waiting list because tests revealed he has strong mental resolution. 

Nine out of eleven face transplants operations are successful worldwide since 2005.

A recipient in China died after he stopped taking his anti-rejection medicine.  A man in France died after developing a massive infection and suffered a heart attack.

credit by: www.dailymail.co.uk
Photo by: http://dallaswiens.com

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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