Face Transplant

Dr. Eric Kodish speaks to the media during a press conference at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000137" title="Cleveland Clinic" href="/topic/health/healthcare/cleveland-clinic-PLCUL000137.topic">Cleveland Clinic</a> on December 17, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first near-total face transplant in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000001" title="United States" href="/topic/politics/government/national-government/united-states-ORGOV0000001.topic">United States</a>. The female patient, who had sustained a traumatic injury, had 80% of her face replaced in the 22-hour procedure.

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Dr. Eric Kodish speaks to the media during a press conference at the Cleveland Clinic on December 17, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first near-total face transplant in the United States. The female patient, who had sustained a traumatic injury, had 80% of her face replaced in the 22-hour procedure.

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