How bizarre!!

  1. Can you imagine??

    Face transplants not
    just science fiction

    Surgical procedure is feasible,
    but subject of ethical debate

    LONDON, Nov. 27- Full face transplants are no longer science fiction fantasy, a leading surgeon said on Wednesday. They are technically feasible but ethically complex.

    'The ethical and moral debate is obviously going to have to take place before the first facial transplantation.'
    London's Royal Free Hospital PETER BUTLER from London's Royal Free Hospital called for a debate on the ethics of such an operation made possible by new drugs which stop the body's immune system rejecting a transplanted face.
    "It is not 'can we do it?' but 'should we do it?'" he told the BBC. "The technical part is not complex, but I don't think that's going to be the very great difficulty ... The ethical and moral debate is obviously going to have to take place before the first facial transplantation."
    The British Association of Plastic Surgeons holds its Winter meeting on Wednesday and will discuss the microsurgical procedure, which could give new skin, bone, nose, chin, lips and ears from deceased donors to patients disfigured by accidents, burns or cancer.

    But surgeons could have trouble finding enough willing donors. Butler said his survey of doctors, nurses and members of the public showed most would accept a face transplant but few were willing to donate their own after dying.

    Butler said one of the possible techniques would see a "skin envelope" of fat, skin and blood vessels transplanted onto existing bone, leaving patients with many of their own features.
    But in an echo of the sci-fi thriller "Face Off," another more complex procedure would transplant underlying bone as well, so the patient would end up resembling the donor.
    In the Hollywood blockbuster, Nicholas Cage who plays a master criminal swaps faces with his nemesis, John Travolta, using laser technology.

    Despite a number of ethical concerns, Christine Piff, who founded the charity Let's Face It after suffering a rare facial cancer 25 years ago, welcomed the possibility of face transplants.
    She rejected the idea that the procedure would mean people would end up living with a dead person's face.
    "There are so many people without faces, I have half a face ... but we are all so much more than just a face ... you don't take on their personality. You are still you," she told Reuters.
    "If we can donate other organs of the body then why not the face. I can't see anything wrong with it."
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  3. by   CountrifiedRN
    Great. Another procedure for Michael Jackson to try.

    Seriously, I don't see anything wrong with it if it is for people who have been scarred.
  4. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by RN2bNC
    Great. Another procedure for Michael Jackson to try.
  5. by   Furball
    Good one!:chuckle
  6. by   Jenny P
    Well, if Michael Jackson DID try it, we might find out who the heck he really is trying to look like finally!

    I really can't see them totally transplanting someone else's FACE, but do think the idea of using the facial tissues to help those who have had radical injuries or surgeries of the face repaired would be great.
  7. by   emily_mom
    I want to be someone hot!! Sign me up!!
  8. by   donmurray
    "I could kill to look like ...........!" takes on a whole new meaning!
  9. by   l.rae
    l can't imagine donating a loved one's face....but that's me.
  10. by   JonRN
    Man with everything else I have to worry about, now I gotta worry about some clown stealing my face. It's hell to be so good-looking.
  11. by   night owl
    I won't have to worry about anyone using my face that's for sure...too darn fugly!
  12. by   Lausana
    Anybody game for a "Face/Off" face switch? :chuckle
  13. by   vashka25
    Gives a whole new meaning to "I'm gonna rip your face off"..... and if they did what would the charge end up being....??? Grand theft facial?

  14. by   Lausana
    Note to self: Use nightcream in case I can sell the right to my face later in life!