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December 18, 2008 | Mary Engel
Dr. Maria Siemionow had been preparing for 20 years to make the phone call. "We have a donor," she told Dr. Frank Papay, the chief of dermatology and plastic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, late one night. Then she headed to the hospital to give a woman who had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids -- who was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own -- a new face.
July 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Chinese farmer who received a partial face transplant after being mauled by a black bear has been discharged from the hospital and will go back to his rural mountain village, state media reported Saturday. Li Guoxing, 30, who underwent surgery in April in Xijing Hospital in the central Chinese city of Xian, thanked the doctors and nurses after being released Friday and said he was happy to go home, the official New China News Agency said.
March 21, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
The face transplants just keep coming. The complex operations have been performed elsewhere in the world – and a partial face transplant was done in this country a few years ago. Now a team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston performed the first full-face transplant in the United States, the hospital said Monday. The patient, Dallas Wiens of Texas, had his face seared off from an electrical jolt in 2008. The donation and 15-hour surgery included transplant of "the nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and the nerves that power them and provide sensation," the hospital statement says.
December 28, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Details of three groundbreaking full facial transplants were released in a research article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The cases of three patients , from being screened for surgery to recovery, are documented. Although known as Patients 1, 2 and 3 in the article, they are recognizable in their photographs as Dallas Wiens, Charla Nash and Mitch Hunter, whose transplants in 2011 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston made headlines. Wiens was burned by an electrical line and lost his sight, Nash was attacked by a friend's chimpanzee, and Hunter was in a car accident and was burned by a fallen power line.
August 12, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Charla Nash - the Connecticut woman who was mauled by her friend's pet chimpanzee in  2009 - revealed her new face on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday. She  lost her hands, lips, nose and eyes in the attack, along with her ability to see, smell and a speak clearly. The surgery did not restore her sight. Nash is not the first person in the world - or even in the U.S. - to receive a face transplant. More than a dozen of the procedures have been performed in France, Spain, China and the U.S. Here are some milestones regarding the procedure, which is still considered experimental: - The world's first partial face transplant was performed in 2005 on Isabelle Dinoire of France after her dog  chewed off her lips, chin and part of her nose.
February 27, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
They're not exactly routine, but face transplants are becoming more common. The latest to be announced, on Tuesday at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, involved a former transplant nurse whose husband tossed industrial-strength lye on her during a brutal assault in 2007. (He's in prison for more than 30 years.) Carmen Blandin Tarleton had chemical burns over 80% of her body when she arrived at the hospital, where she was put in a medically induced coma for three months. She emerged severely disfigured and legally blind, according to the hospital.
June 2, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
"Zombie apocalypse," voodoo curses and a potent street drug called "bath salts. " Those are just a few of the angles the media have pursued after the bizarre case of a naked man shot and killed by Miami police as he was eating the face of another man. A less sensational angle? The long, sad journey that awaits the  homeless victim, Ronald Poppo, 65, who is believed to have lost about 80% of his face -- including one eye -- in the gruesome daylight attack. Poppo is not likely to get a face transplant, experts say. Such procedures are extremely rare.
August 11, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Face transplant patient Charla Nash, who was disfigured after being mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee two years ago, says she is recovering well and is grateful for the reconstructive surgery that is returning her to a fuller life. In photos released Thursday by Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Nash is shown with her new face, still swollen but similar in skin tone to her face prior to the attack. Nash, 57, lost her lips, eyes, nose and hands in the attack. Hands were also transplanted in the 20-hour operation in May. However, complications ensued and the hands were removed.
January 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The world's first face transplant recipient is using her new lips to take up smoking again, which her doctors said could interfere with her healing and raise the risk of tissue rejection. The French woman's surgeons made their first scientific presentation on the partial face transplant, performed Nov. 27, at a medical conference in Tucson. The 38-year-old woman suffered tissue rejection last month but is now doing well, her doctors said.
January 25, 2010 | By Sherry Jacobson
Dallas Wiens remembers standing in a cherry picker repairing a church window when his cellphone rang. The next thing he remembers is waking up three months later in the burn unit of a Dallas hospital. His family told him his head touched a high-voltage power line that day in November 2008. The jolt seared off his face. By the time he was awakened from an induced coma last February, Wiens had been through more than 20 surgeries and his face had become a smooth, featureless melon of skin and muscle harvested from elsewhere on his body.
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