The Spanish recipient of the world's first full face transplant appeared on television in Barcelona today showing off his new skin, muscles, nose, and lips.
Oscar, 31, was a Spanish farmer who was disfigured in a gun accident in 2005. He has been unable to eat, speak, or breathe normally since then.
The 24-hour face transplant operation took two years to plan, and is thought to be the first time an entire face was transplanted and reconstructed, using tissue from a brain-dead donor.
Oscar spoke at a press conference at the hospital in Barcelona where he underwent surgery: "I am very happy and I want to thank the surgeons and the donors, especially the man who gave me the new tissues I received.” He added that he was looking forward to tasting his favorite lamb dish and going for a beer with friends.
Oscar has most of the feeling in his new face and he can move his eyebrows, upper eyelids, jaw, and part of his cheek muscles -- but still cannot close his eyes and doesn't have feeling in his lips.
Aside from facial swelling and minor complications, doctors say his progress has been excellent.
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