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First U.S. face transplant to be made public

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  • Cleveland Clinic to announce surgeons there performed the first U.S. face transplant
  • Trauma patient had 80 percent of her face transplanted two weeks ago
  • French woman Isabelle Dinoire received first partial face transplant in 2005
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From Miriam Falco
CNN
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(CNN) -- The Cleveland Clinic will announce Wednesday the successful completion of a near-total face transplant surgery, a clinic spokeswoman told CNN on Tuesday.

Isabelle Dinoire underwent the first partial face transplant; shortly after her surgery (left) and 10 months later (right).

Isabelle Dinoire underwent the first partial face transplant; shortly after her surgery (left) and 10 months later (right).

In the surgery -- which was conducted two weeks ago by a team of eight surgeons at the Cleveland, Ohio, hospital -- 80 percent of the trauma patient's face was transplanted, the spokeswoman said. The forehead and chin were left intact.

The surgery was the first such operation done in the United States. In 2005, French doctors performed the world's first partial face transplant on a 38-year-old woman who was disfigured when she was attacked by a dog.

"I hope the successful operation will help other people like me to live again," said Isabelle Dinoire, the French woman who received a nose, lips and chin.

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