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An unnamed man recieved the first full face transplant, claims surgeons at Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Spain. This computer generated image is, in a nutshell, what the surgeons did.

It took a full 24 hours for surgeons to complete the grueling task of attatching on a new face to a severely injured young man.
The very first full face transplant was completed, giving a lucky patient a new complexion.

One man in Barcelona, Spain recently received the first transplant of its kind. A new face.

That's right, surgeons at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona claim to have completed the world's first full face transplant on March 20, 2010. Partial face transplants, as well as reconstructive surgeries, have been done before, however; they have never been to this extent.

The unnamed patient was described as a young man who suffered a severe injury to his face five years prior. This left him unable to speak, swallow, or breathe by himself. Doctors finally decided the young man eligible for a face transplant after nine unsuccessful surgeries. Patients whose injuries are too severe for simple reconstructive surgeries are then recommended partial, or even full, face transplants, like this young man.

After 24 hours of surgery, a team of 30 surgeons completed the daunting task. Within the day, an entire face was transplanted, including skin, bone structures, muscle tissue, and teeth. Scars, that will hopefully vanish into wrinkle-like blemishes, remain on the patient's forehead and neck. Doctors have prescribed immunosuppressant drugs to prevent the patient's body from rejecting the transplant. The hope is that the unnamed patient will lead a relatively normal life. 

"Within a few weeks he should begin to talk and eat as well as smiling and laughing." said Dr. Joan Pere Barret, one of his surgeons. 

As for the patient's mental state, receiving a 'new look' as extreme as a new complexion may be hard to cope with. After completing initial psychological evaluations, the patient saw his new face. Even though the new face won't mimic his earlier one, doctors did try to make his new face resemble the one he once had. A car accident killed the face donor only a few days before the surgery.

Waking up and seeing a new face in the mirror can be psychologically straining, as some might imagine. In a sense, the unnamed patient is receiving a new first impression, a new appearance. This new visage may not match his internal identity, however. Years may pass before the identity and appearance of the man psychologically marry into an emotionally harmonious state. 

All considered, this landmark surgery has many applauding. Eleven partial face transplants have been performed around the world, and the first partial surgery was completed only five years ago on a woman in France.

"This operation once again shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people, for whom reconstructive surgery has not worked and for whom the quality of life is indescribably poor." comments  Professor Peter Butler, head of U.K.'s Facial Transplantation Research Team to the 
Daily Telegraph. Butler hopes to see Britain compete with Spain, performing their own full face transplant within a year. 

While Hollywood continues to portray facial transplantation in medically incorrect films like 'Face Off,' experts hope to see full face transplants become a common procedure. This could give many a new lease on life, not to mention a new face.

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By Shig on 4/25/10, Rating: 0
RE: Incredible
By SaltBoy on 4/25/2010 11:46:53 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, with Obama-care, you *too* can look like Fabio!

RE: Incredible
By bodar on 4/26/2010 6:39:58 AM , Rating: 3
Wait, did I miss the part where we're cloning Fabio for donor faces? Can we clone someone better-looking instead?

RE: Incredible
By Hyperion1400 on 4/26/2010 8:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
I'll take Peirce Brosnan!

Also, where are all these new writers coming from? It's pretty much been Jason and Brandon for months now.

RE: Incredible
By Gul Westfale on 4/26/2010 8:45:40 AM , Rating: 1
can i look like mohammed instead?

RE: Incredible
By Camikazi on 4/26/2010 9:18:01 AM , Rating: 3
You wanna look like a black bar with the word Censored on it?

RE: Incredible
By shaw on 4/26/2010 9:26:25 AM , Rating: 5
If he looked like Mohammad nobody would be able to make fun of him. Imagine Camikazi, you could log onto Dailytech and flame as many topics as you wanted and no one would be able to vote down your in fear of retaliation from Muslim extremest.

RE: Incredible
By FITCamaro on 4/26/2010 9:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but it all ends with you dead on the moon.

Christ I hate Muslim extremists....


The "Super Best Friends" Episode that originally showed Mohammad completely removed!

RE: Incredible
By stirfry213 on 4/26/2010 12:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! Awesome, thanks for the laugh!

RE: Incredible
By Gul Westfale on 4/26/2010 8:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
no i wanna wear a bear costume.

RE: Incredible
By thekdub on 4/26/2010 9:41:54 AM , Rating: 2
Pre- or post-goose?

Why does it always have to be about money?
By room200 on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
By bobcpg on 4/26/2010 12:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure that most people would give more to help more. The problem is that people don't like it being taken.

Two Problem I have noticed that do not get much attention:
1. People believe that money solves everything
2. People find its easier to just lay down and take it from the tax man than it is to actually have a stance they not only believe in, but spend time researching about.

RE: Why does it always have to be about money?
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2010 2:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for voluteering to pay my mortgage,car payment,groceries, health car etc.. hey i have an idea lets go ahead and cut out the middle man(The Governemnet) please send the checks directly to me i don't feel like working anymore anyway.

RE: Why does it always have to be about money?
By room200 on 4/26/2010 3:37:36 PM , Rating: 2
Send me the bill; after all, how expensive could trailer payments be?

By Azure Sky on 4/28/2010 2:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
ouch, thats a nice burn :)

By Ammohunt on 4/29/2010 3:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno your mom seems to make her payments just fine turning tricks behind the gas station.

Black market
By Phoque on 4/26/2010 7:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
Another body part that will eventually appear on the black market, as the technique becomes more mature and safer.

By the way, I'm playing cards for a living, anybody know where I could find a poker face for transplant?

RE: Black market
By Qapa on 4/26/2010 9:29:13 AM , Rating: 3
You can find it here:
(couldn't resist)

Black market for body parts is not so easy due to matching body characteristics (blood types, and other stuff), yet it does exist. But come on, you'd have to kill a person and then cut the head off, and take it to some place to where you'd be able to store it and make the needed analysis and preparations, including having a team of 30 surgeons - not to mention everyone else helping out.

Not that is can't or won't happen, but you basically need a small hospital working on one person to pull this off... and you need to make this to happen w/o people noticing it!

Take my face off
By 5inchTaint on 4/26/2010 9:20:44 AM , Rating: 3
WKUK - Take my face off

Well....I got no face and I'm here to say

By Samus on 4/25/10, Rating: -1
RE: $
By Kurz on 4/25/2010 11:31:05 PM , Rating: 1
Heh... the question becomes when will these doctors will go to where they'll be compensated more fairly for the their efforts.

The reason why they don't happen in America is because of the ridiculous Mal Practice laws. And your point about it costing a lot?
It does cost a lot to have that procedure done regardless which medical system you are in. Except in America when it becomes more prevalent we'll see much more procedures being done here than in other countries.

Learn some Economics then come back.

RE: $
By Laitainion on 4/26/2010 3:59:41 AM , Rating: 2
What point exactly are you trying to argue? That the US health-care is rediculously expensive by any objective standard? Or that the you think a free market is the best way to run a health service?

Either way you're wrong, the US health care system costs twice as much (per head) as most developed counrties and for that you get to be ranked as possibly the least healthy developed country too (WHO ranks the US as 72nd on overall health out of 191).

So yeah, I'll stick with my NHS thank you very much.

RE: $
By heffeque on 4/26/2010 7:34:39 AM , Rating: 2
Actually the US health care system is 5 times more expensive (per head) than the one in Spain, yet has a lower health outcome.

Here's a video that explains the differences between them and why paying more isn't always receiving a better service:

Jeff Goldsmith - Healthcare Comparison US vs Spain:

RE: $
By Steve1981 on 4/26/2010 10:48:41 AM , Rating: 2
Can't watch the video at the moment to comment (at work), but something else worth noting within the US: arguably some of the very best care you can receive here (and in the world) is at the Mayo Clinic, notably a private not-for-profit organization. It also happens to treat patients at half the cost of comparable facilities near to its locations. Just goes to show simply throwing money at problems isn't always the best option.

RE: $
By therealnickdanger on 4/26/2010 8:07:25 AM , Rating: 5
Wow, I just got this off NHS's website:
Although you do not have a legal right to a second opinion, you have the right to ask for one.

You're forgetting that citizens are not required to use either A) common sense when choosing food to eat, or B) readily available health care. It's a well-known fact that America is full of fatties. Americans are unhealthy, yes, but not for a lack of available doctors, medicine, OR health care. Even random, crazy homeless people can get immediate access to top-grade health care.

You can blame it on whatever you want: McDonald's, genetically modified corn, excessive sugar intake, illegal aliens, welfare, Bush, or Obama... it really all comes down to poor personal decisions. In fact, many of us Yanks feel that our doctors are far too quick to recommend surgery and pills to fight symptoms rather than to help correct poor lifestyle choices.

The recently passed "health care" bill will do nothing to improve actual health care. Many objective (as well as biased) analysts forecast this will increase care costs further while also reducing the quality of care provided.

On a personal note, my sister and her family lived an hour north of London (Ware, IIRC) for 5 years and she constantly described the NHS's health and dental care as "terrible" and "horrific" by comparison to what was available here.

RE: $
By martinrichards23 on 4/26/2010 12:03:42 PM , Rating: 1
People in the UK *ALWAYS* complain about the NHS, it is a national hobby.

That's until they go to the US.

Don't want to get into a "my hospital is better than yours" argument, but that is how it is.

Bottom line: In the US you pay more than 2x amount for health care, and can expect to live shorter, less healthy lives, while taking far more drugs, your babies will die more often and not even everyone is covered!

I don't know anything about Obama's health care, but the current US system is insanely inefficient.

RE: $
By Steve1981 on 4/26/2010 12:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
Bottom line: In the US you pay more than 2x amount for health care, and can expect to live shorter, less healthy lives, while taking far more drugs, your babies will die more often and not even everyone is covered!

The point of the post you responded to was that these statistics are less a failing of our health care system, and more of our personal failings.

If tomorrow every American ate healthy, stopped smoking, stopped drinking, stopped taking recreational drugs, got enough exercise, etc, our health care costs would drop, and we'd live longer, healthier lives, taking fewer drugs, and our babies would die less often.

RE: $
By weskurtz0081 on 4/26/2010 4:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much, it's a cultural thing. Sure, some of it might be that people don't go because either they cannot afford it or would rather spend the money elsewhere, but a lot of it is also cultural and not related to the quality of health care received when people actually receive it.

RE: $
By Ammohunt on 4/26/2010 2:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
Last time i checked that was called personal responsibilty derived from freedom...Will be a cold day in hell when the Government tells me what i can and can't eat i will grow my own food long before that day.

RE: $
By room200 on 4/26/2010 3:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh please. The government already tells you what you can and cannot eat. If it wasn't for food safety standards, you'd be eating a lot more stuff in the name of "freedom", but you might not be living long enough to enjoy it.

RE: $
By Ammohunt on 4/29/2010 3:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
Food safety like pathogens or poison is != to what the Government decides to be healthy eating or not. Soylent Green anyone?

RE: $
By weskurtz0081 on 4/26/2010 8:59:49 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the quality of health care received in the U.S. is quite good, among the best. The problem is that often times people opt to not receive the health care because it is too damned expensive.

If you keep everything equal but remove the costs, the U.S. health care system would all of the sudden be one of the best.

So, just using overall health of the population to evaluate how GOOD the health care is simply doesn't take enough into account, like people not seeking out health care due to the associated cost.

The system is very good, the costs are the problem. Fix those.

RE: $
By Steve1981 on 4/26/2010 9:56:26 AM , Rating: 2
Or that the you think a free market is the best way to run a health service?

Depends on what your goals and ideals are I suppose.

Of course, the US health care system is in no way shape or form free market. The government already controls a great deal of the nation's health care via Medicare and Medicaid. Moreover, laws such as EMTALA severely restrict how our providers may operate. There is no freedom to be found there.

RE: $
By Kurz on 4/26/2010 10:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Its rediculously expensive because of special interest groups lobbying for bill and policies that make it more profitable for them to do business in our country.

Free market was never the issue, it has always been the driver of innovation, reducing costs, and overall brings more prosperity to more people.

The WHO statistics are flawed. For one instance in America we trail a bit behind in birth rates. Thats mainly because we count every live birth regardless weither they die a minute later from complications, In the UK they don't attempt to treat newborns born eariler than 22 weeks (If I have my facts straight) even though its quite possible for them to pull through they wont treat the child. They count it differently in other countries. Its a political thing to make it look like the American system is deeply flawed.

The laws of Prices and supply and scaristy effect all of us. There is a cost associated and in one shape or another it is traded off with each other.

I am for more free market reform of the health care system.
Except its not popular since most people don't understand the basics of economics.

RE: $
By gamerk2 on 4/26/2010 10:43:39 AM , Rating: 2
Funny; Could have sworn the last time we tried a "Free Market" system, we ended up with nothing but monopolies paying around $0.10 an hour [if you were lucky]...

We haven't been a "Free Market" economy since the T. Roosevelt administartion.

RE: $
By Kurz on 4/26/2010 10:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
>.> inflation is a major cause.
The dollar lost 97% of its value since the inception of the Federal Reserve.

Just because you made .10 an hour doesn't mean you are poor.
You have to look at the difference between the costs.

In New York many people makes 6 figures.
They still have trouble making rent and mortage since the costs are so high in that city.

RE: $
By JediJeb on 4/26/2010 2:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! In 1972 my father made $8k per year and we had a house, he paid cash for a new car ( only cost $3k), plenty of food, TV, Phone, Electricity, Water, Heating and many other things, enough to be considered lower middle class. Even with those conditions by 1980 he had $40k in the bank in savings. Now days how much would you need to make to be making yearly over twice as much as a new car would cost? To save $40k in eight years? And to live comfortably? Didn't even need much insurance back then because a trip to the Dr. could be paid for out of pocket even for poor people, and even a hospital stay would bankrupt most people. But ever since Medicare started in the late 60's the cost had been rising exponentially.

Get the government out of health care, and make malpractice a criminal instead of civil offense and you will see the cost come back down to a reasonable level. Without government subsidies in health care ( medicare/medicaid ect) and insurance companies covering huge overcharges the system would provide care at a competitive price or go out of business.

RE: $
By danobrega on 4/26/2010 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
The point is that the right to live must not be based on who has money has who doesn't. The point is that you should care about other people. The point is that saving a human life must be more important than you having a bigger TV. The point is that you are selfish. But most importantly, ...

the point is that if you build a system where one has the right to live and the other does not then, sooner or later, the other is going to pick an umbrella, shovel it up your arse, open it and steal your money so that they can live.

Learn something Human Rights and then come back.

RE: $
By Steve1981 on 4/26/2010 11:23:31 AM , Rating: 2
So, people have an inalienable right to other people's labor, but no right to keep what they have earned? Interesting.

RE: $
By hellokeith on 4/25/2010 11:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
many of these medical feats don't happen in America

Care to site some published statistics?

dude was probably too stupid to realize he already pays for other people's education, food, roads, security,

With the glaring 25% or more coming out of his paycheck, I am sure he is quite well aware of the many things the government funds with his money. This is most likely why he does not want additional involuntary taxes.

RE: $
By inigoml on 4/26/2010 1:44:56 AM , Rating: 2
They won't be paid a lot.
Vall d'Hebron is a PUBLIC medical center paid with PUBLIC funds from PUBLIC taxes.
In Spain (and Catalunya) we will NEVER discuss about public medic healthcare. Is a basic right and we are proud of it.

RE: $
By heffeque on 4/26/2010 7:37:19 AM , Rating: 4
Not only that... people in Spain actually think that health is more important than money.

RE: $
By pepito perez on 4/26/2010 10:13:38 AM , Rating: 3
I'm from Barcelona, living in the US. Not sure what people could complain about Obama's reform (other that it falls WAY too short) but health care here is a disaster. Of course, if you are one of Dr. House patients you are fine. Whoever puts free market and health care in the same sentence must be joking: When I went shopping for an insurance I realized it's almost impossible to get one directly, you have to go through a broker. Then they will push for their preferred provider, and you have no real way to compare and choose. This is not a free market, is a cartel structured to keep the prices artificially high and to prevent the consumer from having real free choice.

Ah, don't forget about co-pays, deductibles, lifetime maximums... Then if some day I get really sick, I trust my insurance to find a loophole to kick me out.

Funny, I had to travel all this way to fully appreciate the Catalan health system.

RE: $
By Kurz on 4/26/2010 10:43:28 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing is free in this world my friend.
People do things for free for someone else, but there is a cost associated with doing that.

Health is more important than money. Though you have to understand in order to get the best treatment doctors spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to get the training.

That is a cost.
There is also the issue of long hours.
equipment, research, etc

RE: $
By heffeque on 4/27/2010 10:56:45 AM , Rating: 2
It's still interesting how the health system in Spain way better better than in the States (quality wise) and still is 5 times cheaper per head.
There's something really really wrong in the US health system and it seems that Obama is trying to fix that, but it's not going to be easy because the mess is too big and people are afraid of changes, even if they are for the better.

RE: $
By 91TTZ on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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