girl to receive historic face transplant
In the life imitates art department, a 16-year-old Irish girl is slated to receive the first-ever face transplant, according to This Is London. The girl was severley burned in a car accident when she was a baby.
Once a board of ethics, headed by Falklands War veteran Simon Weston has given the go-ahead, Lena will receive the face of a dead donor, removing her own severely burned face.
The operation is likely to take place after the teenager has sat the Irish equivalent of her GCSE exams, and will end a race between British and American surgeons to be the first to perform the transplant, which was once the stuff of science fiction.
The surgery involves "degloving" the donor's face from a four-hour-old corpse, severing the top layer of skin and then grafting it onto the recipient's face.
(via The Ideal Rhombus)