Woman disfigured by tumour receives Poland's second face transplant
Joanna, a 26-year-old woman, is pictured after she has received a new face in Poland's second full-face transplant. The woman's face was badly disfigured by a tumor and she had difficulty eating, swallowing and talking. (Centre and Institute of Oncology)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:00AM EST
WARSAW, Poland -- A 26-year-old woman disfigured by a tumour has received a new face in Poland's second such transplant.
The woman, identified only as Joanna, had great difficulty chewing, swallowing and talking. Dr. Adam Maciejewski, who led the 23-hour surgery last week, said Thursday he hopes the transplant of some 80 per cent of the skin on the woman's face will give her back those functions.
She is in serious but stable condition.
In May, Maciejewski and doctors at the Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice, performed Poland's first face transplant on a man whose face was torn off by a stone mason's machine. His recovery is progressing.