Polish Doctors Pull Off The First Life-Saving Face Transplant

Poland face transplantA 33-year-old Polish man whose face was torn off by stone-cutting machinery gives a thumbs-up gesture on Tuesday May 21, 2013, six days after undergoing a total face transplant in Gliwice, Poland.

Polish doctors have pulled off a revolutionary face transplant this week.

A 33-year-old who suffered a workplace accident received the life-saving transplant.

“It is Poland’s first face transplant and also the first in the world done to save the patient’s life,” Anna Uryga, spokeswoman for the Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice, told AFP.

The man worked as a stone mason and the machine that was used to cut stone sliced deeply into his face.

The incident happened in late April.

Miraculously, the family of a deceased man in his 30s agreed to give the injured man his face.

The deceased also donated his heart and liver to others.

Though the injured man remains in serious condition, he is expected to recover within eight months.

Polish media published a photo of the man six days after the surgery giving a thumbs up.

Face transplants are exceptionally complicated and rare.

The first ever transplant was carried out in France in 2005 on a woman who had been attacked by a dog.

20 other face transplants have taken place since but this was the first to save the life of the patient.

This story was originally published by GlobalPost.

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