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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Gilgamesh, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Gilgamesh

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    Good lord... Now they are transplanting faces!!

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1898385,00.html

    excerpt from article:
    Contrary to the impression given in the movie Face/Off, in which the stars, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, swap appearances, the recipient of a face transplant would not bear a close resemblance to the donor...
     
  2. Jakeman

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    Lips and part of a nose != face.

    Article titles suck.
     
  3. Kaeric

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    ...yet
     
  4. Gilgamesh

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    still pretty freaky. Imagine getting your face damaged in a fire or something like it... Get them to give you a new face!! Guess you'd look like a mix between yourself (underlying bone structure) and the other person...

    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "You have his nose, or complexsion..."
     
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    There was a whole Discovery Health show about the face transplant and the debate surrounding partial or full transplantation. A team in Memphis believes they can transplant the whole face: muscles, nerves, tissue, everything. Everyone else thinks they're crazy.

    The woman that they were focusing on was this woman who was in a car accident and lost her nose, lips, and eyelids, her skin is badly burned, her fingers basically were melted off. Looking at pictures of her before the accident, she could have been a Hawaiian Tropics model or something.
     
  6. Kaeric

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    how well could the reconstruct her features?
     
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    Well, the research has shown that the skin once applied to the bone structure of the patient, should conform to pretty much roughly the same face that she had before. The biggest problem comes after the surgery though. Because skin is the hardest thing to transplant (highest rejection rate among any organ) she'd have to take these high powered anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life which will suppress her natural immune system, making her very susceptible to infection.

    If her body does reject the face, she'd be worse off after the surgery than she is now, which is why I said everyone thought these Memphis guys were crazy to transplant a whole face. Very interesting stuff though.
     
  8. Gilgamesh

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    imagine if a whole face transplant went bad?? Wonder what they would do then? The original face is gone...
     
  9. cowofwar

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    They'd do another. Faces aren't exactly a hot commodity on the organ donor list.
     

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