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Doctors Ready to Perform Face Transplant
Sat Sep 18, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A team of doctors from Louisville and the Netherlands says in a new medical journal article that it is ready to perform a face transplant, a procedure considered controversial by some medical ethicists.
"There arrives a point in time when the procedure should simply be done. We submit that that time is now," the researchers wrote in an article scheduled for publication Friday in The American Journal of Bioethics. The procedure attaches the face of a dead donor to someone with a severely disfigured face, such as a burn or accident victim.
The doctors said they don't have a prime candidate for the procedure, and they are not actively screening for candidates.
They have submitted an application to an institutional review board in the Netherlands and are nearly ready to submit one to an independent board in the United States.
The Louisville doctors said they would not perform the transplant without approval from one of the boards, which are designed to protect medical research subjects' rights.
"The people we're considering are people who have no other options," Dr. John H. Barker, director of plastic surgery research at the University of Louisville, told The Courier-Journal newspaper.
Nichola Rumsey of the University of the West of England, an expert in psychosocial issues in medicine, said the ethical issues of the procedure have yet to be fully explored. She wrote one of 14 essays written in reaction to the article and published in the bioethics journal.
"Previous research and current understanding indicate that the psychological risks are more complex and extensive than the Louisville team suggest," she wrote. "I have no wish to minimize the distress experienced by many people with severe disfigurements, but to my mind, the current risk/benefit ratio ... is dubious at best."
Besides Louisville, such transplants are being considered by teams in Cleveland, England and France.


Yikes...
 

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Originally posted by Hyundai92Excel
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I hope that never happens. What if the people related to the dead donor recognizes the 'new face' the patient has. That would be wierd.
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It would, but also consider what people look like who have deformities. I'm sure it would be weird, but usually the body shape, weight, hair and facial bone structure would be enough to differentiate. Besides... what are the chances of the transplantee and a family member meeting?
It's just kind of freaky in the sense that you're wearing somebody else's skin as a mask (Silence of the Lambs, Face Off, etc)...
 

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Originally posted by Tugger5000
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Originally posted by Hyundai92Excel
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I hope that never happens. What if the people related to the dead donor recognizes the 'new face' the patient has. That would be wierd.
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It would, but also consider what people look like who have deformities. I'm sure it would be weird, but usually the body shape, weight, hair and facial bone structure would be enough to differentiate. Besides... what are the chances of the transplantee and a family member meeting?
It's just kind of freaky in the sense that you're wearing somebody else's skin as a mask (Silence of the Lambs, Face Off, etc)...

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not to add with plastic surgery, they could alter it a bit so its not the exact face.

oh, and dont forget texas chainsaw massacre, or the ted bundy movie:D
 

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Knowing my luck, if that ever had to happen to me, I'd get some ex-gang members face and then gunned down.

LOL, just playing, but the whole thought of face transplants if freaky.
 

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this is a complete unethical idea. i would never support this. and like said before it's just freaky.
 

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why do you consider it unethical? Is it any different than harvesting organs after death so that somebody else can lead a better quality life?
 

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i love Nicholas Cage.


I mean...um oh I thought we were talking about the movie :nervous:
 

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I can just picture the conversation...

"Dude! WTF? Your face is falling off." - man #1
"Yea I know, it happens sometimes. My HMO wouldn't pay the full 100% for the procedure so they didn't attach it all the way." - man #2
 
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