In The USA, Doctors Were Able To Successfully Transplant Two Arms And A Face To A Burned Patient

In The USA, Doctors Were Able To Successfully Transplant Two Arms And A Face To A Burned Patient
In The USA, Doctors Were Able To Successfully Transplant Two Arms And A Face To A Burned Patient

Video: In The USA, Doctors Were Able To Successfully Transplant Two Arms And A Face To A Burned Patient

Video: Joe DiMeo’s Face and Double Hand Transplant Journey 2022, December
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In New York, doctors at NYU Langone Health successfully performed simultaneous transplants of both hands and face, according to CNN. Prior to that, the whole world tried twice to carry out similar operations - in 2009 and 2011. Both attempts were unsuccessful: one patient died of infection, the second had to amputate donor hands, as the body rejected them, writes The Guardian. A face and hand transplant was performed on 22-year-old New Jersey resident Joe Dimeo, who had an accident in 2018. Dimeo, who tested products at a pharmaceutical company, returned home after a night shift and fell asleep at the wheel. His car crashed into a roadside fence, overturned and caught fire. Another driver who saw the accident pulled Dimeo out of the car. The young man had about 80% of the skin surface burned. Dimeo was admitted to the burn department of a hospital in New Jersey, where he spent more than two months in a medical coma. His eyelids, lips, ears, and also the tips of his fingers were burnt. In total, Dimeo performed more than 20 operations, but due to his injuries, he still could not serve himself on his own. At the beginning of 2019, they began to prepare him for transplantation, writes AP. Doctors estimated the probability of finding a donor suitable for Dimeo at only 6%, but after 10 months he was still found. The operation lasted 23 hours and involved about 80 people, including 16 surgeons. Dimeo amputated both arms to the middle of his forearm, and then connected his own and donor tendons, nerves and vessels with thin sutures. He also had his entire face transplanted, including his forehead, eyebrows, nose, eyelids, lips, ears, and facial bones. The transplant took place back in August 2020, but doctors had to make sure that the grafts would take root before announcing it as successful. After the operation, Dimeo spent 45 days in the intensive care unit. The rehabilitation in the hospital lasted for about two more months. In November, Dimeo returned to his parents' home in New Jersey, but is continuing his recovery procedures. Now the young man can open his eyes, smile, dress and eat on his own. The patient himself thanked his donor and his family, saying that without their sacrifice, he would not have received a second chance at life.

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