For the first time in history, a man has successfully transplanted both hands and face simultaneously

(ORDO NEWS) — Medical professionals at NYU Langone Health in New York announced the world’s first successful face and hand transplant.

Two previous similar operations did not lead to success

According to Futurism, a 22-year-old New Jersey man named Joe Dimeo suffered severe burns in 2018 after a car accident and spent several months in a medical coma. Dimeo received third-degree burns on almost 80% of his skin.

In total, the surgeons performed 20 reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts. However, the patient was still unable to perform daily tasks on his own: he could not dress and eat on his own. The latest surgery performed at NYU Langone Health may ultimately change his life.

The hand and face transplant lasted 23 hours and involved about 80 medical professionals. Despite the successful outcome, the patient still needs rehabilitation in order to learn how to control the muscles of the new limbs and face. The man will also have to take medications for the rest of his life so that the body does not reject the transplants.

The anonymous deceased donor was provided with replica of the hands and face, which were 3D printed. “Despite the fact that he is now pronounced dead … we still respect the dignity of the donor,” health professionals told the New York Post.

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