Second face transplant in Poland successful
December 13, 2013
Dr Adam Maciejewski
A 26-year-old Polish woman severely deformed by neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes benign tumors to grow along the nerves, was given a new face in Poland’s second successful face transplant.
Before the operation, the patient struggled to chew, swallow or talk.
Dr. Adam Maciejewski, who led the 23-hour surgery last week, said Thursday he hopes the transplant of some 80% of the skin on the woman's face will give her back those functions.
She is currently in serious but stable condition after the operation at the Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice, southern Poland.
In May, Maciejewski and his colleagues in Gliwice performed Poland's first face transplant on a man whose face was torn off by a stone mason's machine. His recovery is said to be progressing.