Spain raises the bar in face transplantation
This article was originally published in Clinica
Spain's La Fe hospital, in Valencia, has performed the world's most ambitious face transplantation, by also transplanting the lower jaw and the tongue. A 30-strong surgical team, led by Dr Pedro Cavadas, operated on the 43-year-old oral cancer patient for almost 16 hours. It is the world's eighth face transplant; another two Spanish hospitals – Seville's Virgen del Rocío and Barcelona's Val d'Hebr�n – have been given approval to perform the procedure, and await matching donors.