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neil4768
13-11-03, 21:09
Face transplants 'now possible'

Surgeons appear to be gearing up to carry out the world's first face transplant.
British doctors say they have been approached by 10 patients keen to find out more about the procedure.

Surgeons in France and the United States say they are now ready to graft the face of a dead person on to someone who has been facially disfigured.

However, British doctors say they need public support before they will carry out the highly controversial procedure.

Medical advance

The prospect of transplanting a face from a dead person to another living person was first raised by plastic surgeons one year ago.

Speaking at the time, Peter Butler, a plastic surgeon at London's Royal Free Hospital, told a conference that the procedure would be possible within months.

Surgeons now say they have reached the point where they could carry out the operation.
They say improvements in anti-rejection drugs now make it possible.

The technique would involve removing facial muscles and skin from a dead donor and placing them on another person.

Surgeons have acknowledged that such a procedure raises major moral, ethical and psychological issues.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is expected to publish a report on face transplants next week. Surgeons hope it will help to spark a public debate.

The Royal Free Hospital insisted that its doctors would not carry out the procedure until the issues were debated.

"While Peter Butler and his team are confident they have overcome the technical hurdles to this procedure, there are many moral, ethical and psychological issues which need to be debated before anyone has surgery," a spokeswoman said.

"The publication of the Royal College of Surgeons' report on the issue of face transplantation, which is due soon, is the first step in this important process."

Patient requests

The hospital revealed that doctors had received requests for information from patients.

"The team has had requests for information from 10 people from all over the world but none has been assessed in any way," said the spokeswoman.

"Once a serious debate has taken place and resolved the issues outlined above, the question of ethical approval can be addressed and if that is forthcoming potential patients' suitability for surgery can be assessed."

The Royal College of Surgeons report is expected to examine the physical and psychological risks of face transplants.

"The Royal College of Surgeons set up a working party to look at the various issues that would need to be considered if such a procedure were to take place - not only the surgical and medical aspects of such an operation but also the psychological and ethical aspects," the college said in a statement.

The report will be published ahead of a debate at the Dana Centre at London's Science Museum, on Wednesday next week.

It will be addressed by John Barker, a leading plastic surgeon from the University of Louisiana. His team is expected to be the first to carry out a face transplant if it receives regulatory approval.

However, another team in France have also applied for ethical approval to carry out the operation.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/3259773.stm

I'm not sure I would want someone elses face on my body it seems a bit creepy to me.

Nicky
13-11-03, 21:14
It's very freaky. I don't want to think about it. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif
It reminds me of an old movie, 'Eyes without a face'. Seems like real life copies imagination...

John Falstaff
13-11-03, 21:15
Creepy is right, http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif

I look like Valentino anyway (checks size of nose)!

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Geck-o-Lizard
13-11-03, 21:17
Yuck http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif
Aren't there two teams of surgeons racing to complete a full face transplant first? Would you really want to have a pioneering plastic surgery operation performed in a race? :eek:
Kinda reminds me of the Damned in TR3; Sophia Lee's been experimenting for everlasting beauty but ends up wiping the faces off her testers. Well, that was in a game... :rolleyes:

Annacia
13-11-03, 21:32
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif nooo.

Jade-1968
14-11-03, 07:53
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chloe
14-11-03, 09:42
hey jade how did you post the cat that so cool
next we will surgeons will be doing finger nails
trasplant

the croft woman!
14-11-03, 09:58
eeeewww!! Things are getting so gross, i thought the fact that girls are getting their small toes removed so they can wear some shoes gross, but this tops it!

Jade-1968
14-11-03, 10:38
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daventry
14-11-03, 17:12
Originally posted by Nicky:
It's very freaky. I don't want to think about it. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif
It reminds me of an old movie, 'Eyes without a face'. Seems like real life copies imagination...This reminds me of the movie Face/Off With John Trevolta and Nicolas Cage. I watched it today on our DSTV.

tazmine
14-11-03, 17:24
I agree with you all, but just think of the case of someone who is badly burned, or has some other disfigurement, whether by birth or accident, & how much they would give for the chance to look "normal" again...

chocco
14-11-03, 17:32
This is quite interesting because to you or me who may not have any disabilities IMO would think that this is a disgusting 'zombie' kinda thing to have done would you not?
On the other hand there are people who have disabilities who would go to any lengths 'like this case' to have this operation done.
So I can only say good luck to these people for a hopeful future. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

rogue_eclipse
14-11-03, 19:03
Honestly I don't think that I would have a problem with this. As long as there is consent from the deceased person and his/her family then why not if it'll help others feel normal again.

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