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French man is first in the world to have second face transplant

French man is first in the world to have second face transplant

A man in France is the first person in the world to successfully undergo two face transplants, CNN reports.

 

In 2010, Jerome Hamon, 43, had his first transplant to treat a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis, in which tumors grow along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. However, Hamon's body rejected that transplant.

 

Early this year, he underwent another transplant.

 

It is his second transplant but his third face," said transplant team leader Dr. Laurent Lantieri, CNN reported. "This shows that a face is an organ like any organ that can be transplanted and retransplanted."

 

Along with medicines to reduce the risk that the second transplant is rejected, Hamon is also receiving mental health support and speech therapy.

 

Lantieri said that after spending a total of eight months in the hospital, Hamon was discharged for a week to be with his family, CNN reported.

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