Face trans­plant wo­man dies

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A French­woman who re­ceived the world’s first par­tial face trans­plant has died, 11 years af­ter the surgery that set the stage for dozens of other trans­plants world­wide. The Amiens Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal in north­ern France an­nounced Is­abelle Di­noire’s death yes­ter­day. It said she died in April af­ter a long ill­ness but her fam­ily wanted her death kept pri­vate. She was 49. The hospi­tal didn’t re­lease any fur­ther de­tails and it wasn’t clear if her ill­ness was re­lated to the trans­plant. Di­noire was se­verely dis­fig­ured by her pet Labrador, and was given a new nose, chin and lips in 2005 by doc­tors Bernard De­vauchelle and Jean-Michel Du­bernard. Med­i­ca­tions that pa­tients must take to pre­vent their bod­ies from re­ject­ing the new or­gans can cause other ill­nesses and have se­vere side ef­fects. Since Di­noire’s trans­plant, 15 sim­i­lar pro­ce­dures have taken place world­wide since 2005. In 2010 the world’s first ‘full’ face trans­plant took place in Spain.

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