First Full Face Transplant Recipient Shows Up in Public
Four months after the successful operation of transplanting a full face, the man who was at the receiving end appeared for the first time in public.
“I am very happy to be here. I want to express my gratitude to the hospital, the medical team and all donors in Spain, especially to the family of the man whose face I received,” said the Spanish man whose full real name has not been relieved. He is simply known as Oscar and he is 31 years old.
Oscar suffered severe facial disfigurement after a shooting accident five years ago. It made breathing, eating, swallowing or speaking very difficult for him.
He can now move his eyebrows, upper eyelids, jaw and part of his cheek muscles. However, he still cannot close his eyes and he still cannot feel around his lips.
Oscar will be attending physiotherapy and speech therapy during the next 12 to 18 months.
The down side of the operation is that he will have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs permanently while he lives.