Poland’s first face transplant wins US recognition
January 20, 2014
The first-ever total face transplant carried out in Poland has been recognized the world's best example of reconstructive surgery of 2013 by the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), Polish media have reported.
The 27-hour surgery was performed at the Oncology Center in the southern city of Gliwice, the only place in Poland licensed to do face transplants, by a team headed by Prof. Adam Maciejewski.
A 33-year-old Polish man, who worked at stonemason's workshop had his face severely damaged by a stone-cutting machine. The patient's condition was deteriorating so rapidly that a transplant was seen as the only option.
The ASRM is an organization of around 500 specialists in the field from around the world and Maciejewski is a Polish member.
Maciejewski’s team carried out a second successful face transplant in December 2013 on a 26-year-old woman suffering from a rare tumour disorder.