I read with great interest the article from Butler et al.
1on their slow but steady progress towards their first total facial transplant. However, I must take issue with their comment that the general medical community have acted favourably to the first partial facial transplant performed in France. On what basis do they make such a claim? All those medical professionals with whom I have discussed the case in France were more than a little dismayed by the choice of recipient and donor and question the validity of the pre-operative counselling that took place if we are to believe the details of the donor and recipient as released by the media at large.
- Butler P.E.
- Hettiaratchy S.
- Clarke A.
Facial transplantation: a new gold standard in facial reconstruction?.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006; 59: 211-212
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- Facial transplantation: a new gold standard in facial reconstruction?.J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006; 59: 211-212
Published online: September 06, 2006
© 2006 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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- Facial transplantation: A new gold standard in facial reconstruction?Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic SurgeryVol. 59Issue 3
- PreviewThe world's first partial facial transplant has been performed in France.1 The public and the general medical community have reacted favourably to the transplant. It is only a matter of time before many other facial transplants are performed as ethical approval has been granted for patient selection to teams in Cleveland Clinic, USA and the Royal Free Hospital, London and teams in China compete with each other to perform facial transplants.2