CURIOUS: Despite few probabilities, they successfully perform a face and hands transplant (PHOTO)

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  • They perform a face and hands transplant on a young man who suffered an accident that disfigured his face
  • Joe DiMeo fell asleep at the wheel in 2018 and his car burst into flames
  • More than 140 surgeons, nurses and more hospital staff worked during the 23-hour surgery

Doctors of the medical Center Langone have changed Joe DiMeo’s life by successfully performing a face and hand transplant after a fatal accident, according to information published on the news portal of the New York Post.

In July 2018, this young man, who is now 22 years old, suffered a terrible road accident, after he fell asleep at the wheel.

This caused crash and that his car exploded in flames, for which he suffered extensive burns.

Image taken from Twitter @Newzandar

His face and limbs were practically ‘melted’, so the physical and psychological recovery process was not easy.

Although this new reality was not within anyone’s ability, Joe DiMeo never gave up hope and waited to see the results.

“There is always light at the end of the tunnel,” Joe said of his incredible transformation. “Never give up and never let your appearance slow you down. Always look at the good things ”.

The prognoses and chances were low, due to several blood transfusions and skin grafts after the vial mishap.

It would be difficult to find a compatible donor, this possibility was reduced to only 6%. However, that donor appeared, and although he remains anonymous, he is thanked for his solidarity.

This person arrived at New York University on August 10, 2020 and almost immediately two days later, Joe had a face and hands transplant, so today he boasts that incredible transformation that keeps him hopeful of better quality of life.

Joe DiMeo’s face and hand transplant was led by Hispanic doctor Eduardo Rodríguez, one of the most important plastic surgeons at New York University.

In a verbatim way the doctor said about the case and the young man: “His spirit is so strong. He knew in his mind that this was not going to be the end of him. “

The process was long, heavy and painful for Joe Di Meo. He underwent 20 reconstructive surgeries to minimize third degree burns that covered more than 80% of his body.

His injuries were of great magnitude, especially that he had amputated fingers and scars on his face that were considered severe, which left him without lips or eyelids.

After going through all this and seeing the result, the young man decided to publish his story to encourage more people to have hope: “I feel that it is a great step in science. I am very proud to be part of it ”.

They were members of the team of the Department of Plastic Surgery Hansjorg Wyss of the University of New York, who undertook the task of looking for a donor that was compatible in several aspects that he needed for the face and hand transplant.

Image taken from AP

Filed Under: Face Hands Transplantation

Joe DiMeo is learning to smile, blink, pinch and squeeze again.

The 22-year-old New Jersey resident underwent surgery in August, two years after suffering serious burns in a car accident.

“I knew it would be small steps all the time. You have to have a lot of motivation, a lot of patience. And you must remain strong at all times, ”said the young man.

Experts say the surgery performed at NYU Langone Health hospital appeared to be a success, but they warn it will take some time to be sure.

American surgeons have completed at least 18 facial and 35 hand transplants, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a nonprofit organization that oversees the nation’s transplant system.

But simultaneous transplants of the face and both hands are extremely rare and have only been tried on two previous occasions. The first attempt was in 2009 on a Paris patient who died about a month later from complications related to the procedure. Two years later, Boston doctors tried again on a woman who was attacked by a chimpanzee, but days later they had to remove her transplanted hands.

“The fact that they have succeeded is fantastic,” said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who spearheaded the second attempt at such an operation. “I know first-hand that it is extremely complicated. It is a tremendous success ”.

Joe DiMeo

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Filed Under: Face Hands Transplantation

After transplanting Joe DiMeo, he will take medication for the rest of his life to prevent his body from rejecting transplants, and he will also have ongoing rehabilitation to gain sensation and function in his new face and hands.

In 2018, DiMeo fell asleep while driving, he says, after working a night shift as a product evaluator for a pharmaceutical company. The vehicle struck a sidewalk and a light pole, overturned and burst into flames. Another driver saw the accident and stopped to rescue DiMeo.

He then spent months in an induced coma and underwent 20 reconstructive surgeries and multiple skin grafts to treat his extensive third degree burns.

Once it became apparent that conventional surgeries couldn’t help him regain full vision or use his hands, the medical team began preparing in 2019 for Joe DiMeo’s risky transplant.

“Within the world of transplants, these are possibly the most unusual,” said Dr. David Klassen, UNOS medical director.

Almost immediately, the NYU team ran into difficulties, including finding a donor.

Doctors estimated that there was only a 6% chance of finding a match compatible with his immune system. They also wanted to find someone of the same gender, skin tone, and dominant hand.

Then, during the search for donors, the pandemic struck and organ donations plummeted. During the epidemic in New York City, members of the transplant unit were reassigned to the COVID-19 wards.

The team finally identified a donor in Delaware in early August and days later completed the 23-hour procedure.

Face hands transplant

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Filed Under: Face Hands Transplantation

With information from AP

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