A man whose face was badly disfigured after an attack by a black bear received a partial face transplant Friday, in what a hospital described as a first for China.
If confirmed by independent experts, this would make China the second country to conduct such a procedure.
The partial face transplant came half a year after doctors in Amiens, France, performed the world's first such procedure, transplanting lips, a chin and a nose onto a woman who had been attacked by a dog.
In Friday's operation, a statement from Xijing Hospital in the central city of Xi'an said Li Guoxing was given a new cheek, upper lip, nose and an eyebrow from a single donor. No details were provided about the donor.
"Up to now, the patient is in good condition," the military hospital said. "The operation was successful. It is predicted that the wounds can be healed within one week."