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1st full face transplant patient makes debut

July 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The world's first full face transplant recipient made his public debut Monday at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital, where he was operated on in late March.

During the 24-hour surgery, surgeons lifted an entire face, including jaw, nose, cheekbones, muscles, teeth and eyelids, and placed it masklike onto the man.

Oscar's face was severely injured in a shooting accident. He had nine operations before being considered for the transplant.

He'll need 18 months of physical therapy, but is expected to regain 90 percent of his facial functions.

AP contributed to this report.


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