After a hunting accident left his face disfigured, a 64-year-old man has now become the oldest person in the world lucky enough to receive a face transplant.
The procedure was performed by doctors and other specialists at Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal. Now, four months after the process, he is now able to breathe correctly. According to a statement from the University of Montreal, he can now chew, smell, and speak with the new face.
However, the accident that left him disfigured happened seven years ago in his native country of Canada. After the accident to his face, the man was experiencing excruciating pain on constantly. Though he was able to receive five reconstructive surgeries, he wasn’t able to interact socially with people like before. Though he considers himself an extrovert, he chose to live a life of solitude.
The only option the man had was to receive a face transplant in order to restore the features of his face that were no more.
According to his plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Borsuk, he knows that our faces link us to our personalities. He goes on to say in a statement that facial disfigurement can impacts one’s self-confidence and productivity drastically. With that in mind, conducting this face transplant was a means of giving this man a glimpse of hope for a better future.
64-Year-Old Man Receives Face Transplant After Hunting Accident Disfigures His Face
The operation was 30 hours long, also, over 100 specialists were available to help with the procedure and his recovery.
Thanks to the donors family, Transplant Québec was able to make the donation happen. As of now, the procedure is the first successful transplant in the country of Canada.
In 2005, surgeons were able to perform the very first face transplant in France. Isabelle Diniore, the woman in question, died in 2017 at the age of 49.