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Animation of US face transplant

The first almost-total face transplant has been performed on an unnamed female patient by eight specialist surgeons in Cleveland, Ohio.

They transplanted bone, muscle, blood vessels and nerves in the 22-hour operation. An injury several years ago left her without an eye, most of her nose and her upper jaw.

Doctors created this animated graphic showing how her face was reconstructed.


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