In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient, who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany.
Dr Laurent Lantieri of the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris first transplanted a new face onto Jerome Hamon — whose face was severely disfigured by tumours — in 2010, when Mr Hamon was in his mid-30s.
But after getting ill in 2015, Mr Hamon was given drugs that interfered with the anti-rejection medicines he was taking for his face transplant.
Last November, the tissue in his transplanted face began to die, leading Professor Lantieri to remove it.
That left Mr Hamon without a face, a condition that Professor Lantieri described as ‘the walking dead’. Mr Hamon had no eyelids, no ears, no skin and could not speak or eat. He had limited hearing and could express himself only by turning his head slightly, in addition to writing a little.
“If you have no skin, you have infections,” Professor Lantieri said.
Eventually, a donor was found in January following the death of a 22-year-old man, whose face was quickly transported to the Georges-Pompidou hospital in Paris.
Three months after the ground-breaking transplant procedure, Mr Hamon said he has quickly accepted his new identity and joked he is now ’20 years younger’.
“I’m 43. The donor was 22. So I’ve become 20 years younger,” Mr Hamon joked on French television Tuesday.
Doctors remove live cricket from man’s ear canal
Doctors at a hospital in Vietnam shared footage from an unusual case involving a cricket found living inside a man’s ear canal.
The doctors said the man came to the Hai Duong Hospital complaining of ear pain and a look inside his ear canal with an endoscope revealed the cause was a live cricket.
The footage shows the cricket digging around inside the man’s ear canal.
Doctors have successfully removed the cricket, and he is now recovering.
See the video Here.