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She's putting her new face forward

February 07, 2009|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

She can eat pizza. And hamburgers. She can smell perfume, drink coffee from a cup and purse her lips as if to blow a kiss.

Except one lip is hers, and the other is from a dead woman. She is the nation's first face transplant patient, and on Thursday, she went home from a Cleveland hospital.

"She accepted her new face," said Dr. Maria Siemionow, the Cleveland Clinic reconstructive surgeon who led the historic 22-hour operation in early December. The woman's identity has not been revealed.

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