French man becomes first person to have two face transplants

Mr. Hamon lived without a face in a room at Georges-Pompidou doctor's facility in Paris without having the capacity to see, talk or hear until January, when a face benefactor was found and the second transplant did. The man is now said to be doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany.

Jerome Hamon, 43, received the world's first full face transplant, including tear ducts and eyelids, at a hospital outside Paris in July 2010. Hamon has a condition called neurofibromatosis type 1, which can cause skin tumors on the face and elsewhere.

The surgery has significance as it proves that people on whom a face transplant is not successful in the first attempt do have a chance of undergoing the procedure for the second time. He underwent the first transplant in the year 2010 but after six-years, his body started rejecting and his face structure started deteriorating. The antibiotics conflicted with the immunosuppressive treatment he was being given to prevent the face's rejection, the BBC reported, and last November, the face had to be removed because of necrosis.

Jerome Hamon's new face is said to be "smooth and motionless" but his skull, skin and facial features have yet to be "fully aligned".

"I'm 43", Hamon told French TV, according to the Associated Press.

"We were very concerned about the possibility of a new rejection", Lantieri said.

To avoid further rejection, Hamon dubbed "the man with three faces" by French media had special treatment to clean the blood prior to the transplant.

"For a man who went through all this, which is like going through a nuclear war, he's doing fine", Lantieri said.

Jérôme Hamon had his initially transplanted confront evacuated a year ago after indications of dismissal following a treatment with an inconsistent anti-toxin amid a cool.

Mr Hamon said: "I feel very well in myself". The donor was 22. "So I've become 20 years younger", Hamon joked on French television on Tuesday. He then remained in the hospital without a face for two months awaiting a new donation. It's a question of identity ... "But here we are, it's good, it's me".

"The fact that Professor Lantieri was able to save this patient gives us hope that other patients can have a backup surgery if necessary", Cleveland Clinic plastic surgeon Frank Papay told the AP.

With his second transplanted face, Mr Hamon said he managed to drop a few decades.

Other doctors, too, described the procedure as a breakthrough.

Bohdan Pomahac of Harvard University, who has done face transplants in the USA, said similar procedures would ultimately become more common, with rising numbers of patients.

There have now been around 40 face transplants throughout the world since the first was performed on Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire in northern France in 2005. "I thought, "This is my new face" and this time it's the same", he said.

He added: "The first transplant I accepted immediately".

  • Aubrey Nash