Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A Replaced Face

I feel very lucky to live in a world where there are medical break-throughs happening every day. Many people benefit from experimental, or new technologies. There are some that I'm not so sure about.

I saw the headline "
Doctors Give Woman a New Face" on the Star Tribune website. I'll let you read, and come to your own conclusions.

2 comments:

Rob said...

Ok, this part kind of grossed me out: "Complications include infections that turn the new face black and require a second transplant or reconstruction with skin grafts."

Ok GROSS. If I saw someone walking down the street with a black nose, lips, and chin because their face transplant surgery went awry, I think I'd puke...

Anyway. I don't know about this! It's kind of iffy. I guess its ok for asthetic reasons (if you're all about looking beautiful), but I think you would look so different. And wouldn't scarring still be prevalent on your face from attaching the new features? And how much would this cost to have done? I can't imagine family of a deceased/brain dead person allowing doctors to remove the face of their dearly departed so it can be attached to someone else! I'd want to be buried WITH my face still in tact, thanks! Even if its just going to decompose! Ick!

Those crazy French people! What will they do next?! :)

Rob said...

http://www.startribune.com/stories/1244/5759457.html

Apparently the surgery went well... the woman woke up after 24 hours of being unconscious and said "Merci". Eesh... this whole story makes me queasy! I can just imagine what she looks like...