First patient to receive complete face transplant can leave hospital

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4088
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The world’s first patient to undergo a complete face transplantation has recovered enough to be discharged from hospital, four months after his 24 hour surgery.

    The operation took place at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona at the end of March and involved a team of more than 30 medical professionals, working in two hour shifts (BMJ 2010;340:c2303, doi:10.1136/bmj.c2303).

    The patient, Òscar (whose surname was not given out by the hospital), spoke for the first time about his transplant at a press conference on 26 July, when he thanked the hospital team and the donor. It had, he said, given him the chance of a normal life.

    He is making good progress, having regained the …

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