Brigham and Women’s performs another full face transplant
A 30-year-old man from Indiana who lost much of his face after a terrible car accident received a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital last week. Surgeons, who announced the surgery Tuesday, said the 30-person transplant team worked for more than 14 hours to replace the “full facial area” of Mitch Hunter, including his “nose, eyelids, lips, muscles of facial animation and the nerves that power them and provide sensation.” Hunter suffered a severe shock from a high voltage electrical wire following a car accident in 2001. It is the third face transplant performed at the Brigham, and the fourth in the country. In the Brigham's previous two face transplants, the patients also suffered from high-voltage electrical burns.
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