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First Full Face Transplant Offers Hope for Traumatic Injury Victims in Atlanta

A team of doctors at a Massachusetts hospital announced that they had completed the country’s first full face transplant.The recipient of the transplant was a 25-year-old construction worker, who had been left horribly injured and disfigured after an electrocution accident in 2008.With the surgery being declared a success, and the military investing millions of dollars in facial transplant research, Atlanta personal injury attorneys believe that this transplant signifies even greater possibilities for the treatment of victims of traumatic injury.

The construction worker had had his nose, lips and much of his face destroyed after the accident.He had been left disfigured and unrecognizable.After the family of a brain-dead young man came forward to donate his face, doctors decided to perform a transplant on the worker.The surgery took a total of 15 hours, and doctors worked to attach a nose, lips, skin, muscles and nerves on his face.The new face hasn’t been revealed yet, but doctors have confirmed the success of the surgery.

The cost of the surgery was borne by the American military, which has pumped millions of dollars into face transplant research.The military is investing in possible treatment and rehabilitation options for soldiers who return from combat duty with horribly disfiguring injuries.

As Atlanta personal injury lawyers however, we also believe that the transplant could be what victims of traumatic injury, including those who suffer through a ferocious dog bite, or suffer severe facial burn injuries, need.It’s still too early to tell what kind of victims may be eligible for facial transplants like the one performed here, but the potential for a much better quality of life for traumatic injury victims is definitely encouraging.