A WOMAN who lost her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and one eye when she was shot by her husband spoke yesterday about how a face transplant transformed her life.
EXPERTS today warned that transplanting all or part of a human face remains an experimental procedure fraught with difficulty.
A HOME safety campaigner whose face was horrifically scarred and disfigured when he was a baby has said he would never want to have a face transplant, calling the need for them "a sign of failure".
YOU do get used to it. My face has been with me all my life, after all. I have always had people staring at me and sometimes calling me names. And some of names I've been called are pretty bad. I've had people calling me Freddie, after Freddie Kruger. Others call you Burntface. I've even had people of 40 or 50 years of age, people who should know better, who have walked into lamp posts when they were coming past me because they were staring at me so much.
Key quote "These patients will have already undergone reconstructive surgery - perhaps they will have had 50 to 70 reconstructive operations. They have reached the end of the reconstructive ladder and there's nothing more it can offer them" - Peter Butler, surgeon
A UK doctor has claimed the world's first face transplant has silenced critics.
FRENCH surgeons who carried out the first face transplant on a woman savaged by a dog have hailed the procedure a success.
THE first face transplant in the UK is set to be approved this week when ethical experts meet to discuss giving the go-ahead for a series of operations.
BRITISH doctors are preparing to conduct the world's first full face transplant.
A FRENCH woman who was given the world's first face transplant today spoke of her gratitude to doctors for giving her a new lease of life.
THE world's first face transplant was announced in November 2005.
DOCTORS treating the world's first face transplant patient in France said she is jeopardising the success of the operation by smoking and drinking.
French surgeons are planning to carry out five more face transplants after declaring the first operation a success, despite revealing that the patient suffered tissue rejection that threatened her new features.
FRENCH surgeons are declaring the world's first face transplant a success even as they revealed that the patient battled a serious tissue-rejection episode less than a month after her groundbreaking operation.
THE woman who received the world's first face transplant has been out in public without drawing stares, just a little over a month after the operation.
THE French woman who received a new nose, chin and mouth in a groundbreaking transplant operation has taken strolls in public without drawing stares, her surgeon said today.
ONE of the French doctors who conducted the world's first partial face transplant said yesterday that the 38-year-old patient was "perfect", in good psychological condition and doing well medically.