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Hollywood “Faces Off” with Reality and Wins…again!

By Brian | April 23, 2010 | Share on Facebook

A hospital in Spain has completed the first ever full face transplant:

The patient now has a completely new face from his hairline down and only one visible scar, which looks like a wrinkle running across his neck, said Dr. Joan Pere Barret, the surgeon who led the team. “If you look him in the face, you see a normal person, like anyone else we have as a patient in the hospital,” Barret told The Associated Press on Friday.

He declined to name the patient or give details of the accident five years ago in which he lost his face, saying only that he was a Spaniard between the ages of 20 and 40 and is recovering well. He cannot yet speak, eat or smile, but can see and swallow saliva.

So here’s my question: now that he has a new face, does he look more like Nicholas Cage or John Travolta?

Topics: Movie Talk, The Future is Now | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Hollywood “Faces Off” with Reality and Wins…again!”

  1. jason says at April 23rd, 2010 at 5:52 pm :
    The Travolta/Cage comment is funny, but it does raise the question of how much the man’s new face resembles his old one. The article says that face transplant recipients don’t look like the donor, and it also mentions psych evaluations to see if they can handle a “totally new face,” so what the hell do they look like? If the underlying skull and facial bones are essentially the same as they’ve always been, wouldn’t the new skin and flesh take on a similar shape to what was there before?

    Of course, if you’ve been shot in the face, there’s probably bone damage, too…



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