Man Has a New Face – level 3
A 22-year-old man from New Jersey, US, has undergone the world’s first face and double hand transplant.
In 2018, Joe DiMeo was severely burned in a horrific car crash, suffering burns on over 80% of his body. He had extensive injuries, including amputated fingertips, facial scarring, and no lips and eyelids. He was in a coma for three and a half months, and then he spent a month waking up and trying to exercise a little.
The reconstructive plastic surgery was carried out by a team of 140 staff at a hospital in New York, and it took 23 hours. It included transplanting both hands and the full face of a single donor simultaneously and it marked the first successful combination transplant case of its kind. After the surgery, DiMeo said that there were always a thousand ways to be sad about something, but there were always a million ways to be happy.
Difficult words: amputated (separated from the body), coma (a state when a person is alive but he looks like he is sleeping and he doesn’t respond to pain, light or sound), reconstructive plastic surgery (a surgery that is performed to reconstruct a part of the body or improve its appearance).
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