Surgeons in Spain Perform Full Face Transplant

Doctors in Barcelona say they have performed a full-face transplant on a man who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 24-hour surgery, taking place on March 20, replaced the cheekbones, facial muscles, lips, jaw and other facial structures.

The operation is said to be more extensive than the 2008 face transplant operation performed at the Cleveland Clinic. “This is the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial,” said a statement released by Vall d’Hebron University Hospital.

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