Most extensive face transplant ever performed is a success in New York

November 16, 2015 6:19 PM

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A team of medical professionals in New York City has successfully performed the most ambitious facial transplant ever attempted, involving the transfer of eyelids, scalp, ears and subcutaneous bony structures, to restore normal facial figures to a volunteer firefighter whose entire head was grievously burned while responding to a Mississippi house fire.

On Aug. 15, 2015, Patrick Hardison underwent a 26-hour procedure at New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York, where surgeons grafted the full scalp, face and neck of 26-year-old bicycle messenger David Rodebaugh, who was declared brain-dead following an accident.

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