Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever Undertaken on Burn Victim

Jacob Newberger is a Pennsylvania professional with past experience designing automated systems at Panacea Technologies. With a longstanding interest in medicine, Jacob Newberger is particularly focused on developments in the orthopedics and transplant surgery spheres.

In many ways 2015 was a breakthrough year in medicine, with milestones including the most extensive face transplant ever undertaken. The pioneering treatment involved a volunteer firefighter who suffered severe burns when attempting to rescue a person he believed to be trapped in a burning home. The third-degree burns took all of his head and eyebrow hair, as well as his ears, and made him virtually unrecognizable to friends and family.

An innovative U.S. surgeon undertook a transplant that used donated tissue encompassing the forehead, face, scalp, ears, and eyelids. The surgeon also replaced a certain number of the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles under the skin. The result was a “hybrid” face that combined some of the patients’ facial features with those of his donor, who had been killed in a cycling incident.

Three months after the surgery, the patient was described as being in excellent condition and leading an independent life. In particular, transplant areas such as the ears and lips exhibited good color, a sign that blood circulation has been repaired.

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