A Frenchman who underwent a face transplant in 2010 received a second one after his body rejected the first –making him the only person in the world to undergo the identity-altering surgery, twice.
“I feel very well in myself,” Jerome Hamon told reporters last week as he continues to recover from the Jan. 15 and 16 surgery at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris, the UK’s Telegraph reported.
Harmon — who suffers from neurofibromatosis, which causes facial tumors – underwent his first transplant in 2010, but he caught a cold in 2015 and was given antibiotics that were incompatible with his immunosuppressive treatment, the BBC reported.
The first signs of rejection appeared in 2016, and Harmon’s face was removed last November after it developed necrosis. He spent two months at the hospital without a face — unable to see, speak or hear — as he awaited a donor.
“I’m 43 and the donor was 22 — so I’m 22 again,” he quipped to French TV.
“If I hadn’t accepted this new face it would have been terrible. It’s a question of identity. … But here we are, it’s good, it’s me,” Harmon, dubbed “the man with three faces,” told Agence France-Presse.
His new face remains motionless as the skull, skin and features are yet to be fully aligned after the surgery by Dr. Laurent Lantieri, who performed the first face transplant on Harmon.
“Today, we know that a double transplant is feasible, it’s no longer in the field of research,” Lantieri told Le Parisien newspaper.
Source: NY Post Yaron Steinbuch
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