A team of doctors in France have performed the first human face transplant. Skin covering the nose, lips and chin of a 38-year-old woman disfigured by a dog bite was grafted on from a brain dead donor whose family consented.
This issue is wrought with ethical concerns, however. The donated skin would ‘have to come from a beating heart donor. So, say your sister was in intensive care, you would have to agree to allow their face to be removed before the ventilator was switched off… [and then] there is the possibility that the donor [would] carry on breathing.’
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