Katie’s New Face, A full-face Transplant
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Katie’s New Face, A full-face Transplant

FRONTIERS OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE

At the age of 21, Katie became the youngest person ever to receive a full- face transplant. This was the critical moment after the donor’s face was surgically removed before being transferred onto Katie. There was complete silence in the room as the surgical team absorbed the gravity of their mission. The transformational procedure took over 30 hours and was undertaken by a team of around 30 medical professionals at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

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