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Controversy over face transplants

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Surgeons in Spain have carried out the world's first full- face transplant. The achievement is remarkable, but also controversial.

The ongoing medical treatment required by face transplant patients may leave them vulnerable to other illnesses and to psychological problems concerning their identity.

Stephen Sackur talks to reconstructive surgeon Iain Hutchison about whether transplant surgery is really the best way to help people who have been facially disfigured and disabled.

You can watch this HARDtalk interview on the BBC News Channel on Monday 9 August at 0430 and 2330 and on BBC World News at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT.

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