French doctors performed a partial face transplant on a man whose face was disfigured by a genetic disorder, giving him a new nose, mouth and chin and replacing part of his cheeks.
The 15-hour operation was the world’s third partial face transplant. “The patient is doing well from a surgical point of view,” Dr. Laurent Lantieri told a news conference in Paris. Still, he added, “We will have to wait many months for the results.”
The 29-year-old patient suffered from a genetic condition known as neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue throughout the body, the doctors said. Lantieri carried out the operation at Henri-Mondor hospital in the Paris suburb of Creteil.