In a landmark achievement, the very first successful face and double hand transplant has been completed by doctors at New York University's Langone Health.
“We’ve succeeded in a tremendous undertaking that shows we can continue to take on new challenges and advance the field of transplantation,” Dr Eduardo D Rodriguez, who has led at least four face transplant surgeries, remarked in an interview with NBC’s The Today Show.
The procedure was performed on a night shift worker from New Jersey named Joe DiMeo. He suffered third-degree burns on over 80% of his body after he suffered an accident commuting home from work and had to undergo surgery, which lasted 23 hours, last August.
His vehicle exploded in the accident and DiMeo spent more than four months in the burns unit of a hospital in New Jersey, including more than two months in a medically induced coma. He underwent more than two dozen reconstructive surgeries but had to remain on the donor registry for ten mo...