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09-19-2005, 02:23 PM
Surgeon hopes new face gives new outlook

Saturday, September 17, 2005; Posted: 10:22 p.m. EDT (02:22 GMT)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- In the next few weeks, five men and seven women will secretly visit the Cleveland Clinic to interview for the chance to have a radical operation that's never been tried anywhere before.

The transplant patient's face will be removed and replaced with one from a cadaver, matched for tissue type, age, sex and skin color. Surgery should last 8 to 10 hours; the hospital stay, 10 to 14 days.

Complications could include infections that discolor your new face and require a second transplant or reconstruction with skin grafts. Drugs to prevent rejection will be needed lifelong, and they raise the risk of kidney damage and cancer.

After the transplant you might feel remorse, disappointment, or grief or guilt toward the donor. The clinic will try to shield your identity, but the media likely will discover it.

The clinic will cover costs for the first patient; nothing about others has been decided.

Another form tells donor families that the person receiving the face will not resemble their dead loved one. The recipient should look similar to how he or she did before the injury because the new skin goes on existing bone and muscle, which give a face its shape.

All of the little things that make up facial expression -- mannerisms like winking when telling a joke or blushing at a compliment -- are hard-wired into the brain and personality, not embedded in the skin.

Some research suggests the end result would be a combination of the two appearances.

Surgeons will graft skin to cover the donor's wound, but a closed casket or cremation will be required.


Lyn Is Snide
09-19-2005, 02:26 PM
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Basca and I heard all about it.


Tarl Of Gor
09-19-2005, 02:32 PM
How is Batman supposed to tell all of The Jokers apart?

09-19-2005, 02:32 PM
Lyn, Basca.......


09-19-2005, 02:34 PM
Transplant?? What transplant?


09-19-2005, 02:52 PM
Life imitates art!!!

Rather ala Face/Off, yes?

IMO, Travolta makes a better good guy than a bad guy.

09-19-2005, 03:10 PM
***breaks out the scale, perches Travolta and Cage atop in the prescribed manner.............***

Well, whaddaya know?

They're BOTH hot!!! In kind of a diametrically-opposed way.

Carry on............