October 23, 2021

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Triple successful face and two-handed transplant in New York

Triple successful face and two-handed transplant in New York

A young road accident victim, who received a new face and new hands at once during an operation in mid-August, is in good health and has regained the use of his hands, first, the hospital underwent a New York University NYU transplant on Wednesday.

Several dozen facial and hand transplants have already taken place separately, but two previously known simultaneous transplants have failed. The first patient to receive a triple transplant in Cretail‌ died of complications two months later in April 2009.

In the case of 22-year-old Joe Demio of New Jersey, the 11 pm operation on August 12 showed no problems and the patient who attended the press conference on Wednesday was in poor health.

One victim, who fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in July 2018, suffered a third degree burn over 80% of his body surface, including loss of lips and eyelids.

Of the approximately 20 operations performed after that, surgeons also cut several phalanges.

Even after this series of interventions, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who is in charge of the project during an exhibition, explained that “the only chance he can regain a good quality of life is to consider a face and hand transplant.” Virtual press conference.

According to analyzes from NYU Longon Hospital, the patient has a weakened immune system and is at risk of rejection with 94% of donors, weakened by already performed skin grafts.

But the local community, with the help of the Gift of Life, identified the deceased donor. This operation, which was repeated a dozen times, required six different surgical teams and a total of 100 people.

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Surgeons cut the donor’s face and removed several bony parts of the skull, cheekbones, nose and chin to ensure a satisfactory fit on Joe Demio’s face.

The young man, who was released from the hospital after several months of recovery, is already able to do several daily gestures with his hands.

Operation “gives me a second chance in life,” Joe DiMio explained at a news conference. “I can’t wait to get back to work.”