The world’s first face transplant patient, Isabelle Dinoire, died of cancer. The death was not caused by the medicine she was taking to stop her body rejecting the transplant. The woman received a part of a brain-dead person’s face in 2005 when she was 38 years old. It was the first time in the world where doctors were able to this surgery.
Doctors said she died in April after many complications. Moreover, she was taking many drugs that all people who had transplants have to take. Even though at first, the tumour was treated, it seems that the danger come back and she was not able to survive. In 2014 her body started to reject the transplant and she lost control of her face. The drugs she took for this issue made her exposed to infections and other diseases. She had more surgeries, hoping that cancer will disappear. Unfortunately, there was no available treatment for her.
She died on Aprill 22, surrounded by her loved ones and the doctors who took care of her. Her nightmare started one morning when she tried to light a cigarette and she was not able to understand why it did not stay on her lips. After that, she saw the pool of blood and the dog next to her and she looked in the mirror. After the surgery, she tried to have a normal life and enjoy the fact that she got a second chance. However, she was exposed to many threats and cancer was one of them.
Every transplant has its risks and the face transplant is even more dangerous. There were more people after her who needed face transplant and doctors from the United States or China started to do a similar procedure to help them.
Researchers are trying to find more ways to help those people who had transplants because most of the times their body tries to reject it. It is one of the most difficult surgeries to make. Moreover, it is not easy for the patients to wake up with another person’s lips or nose.
The hospital said that her death was confirmed only now because they wanted to protect her family. The first face transplant in the world was done by Professor Devauchelle. He is one of the most popular doctors regarding this matter.
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