US firefighter's face transplant declared a success

Patrick Hudson was badly burned in 2001 and now wears the face of a Brooklyn cyclist who died in July.

    Doctors have declared the world's most extensive face transplant on Patrick Hudson a success.

    About 150 medical staff were involved in the life-changing operation in the US city.

    Hudson was seriously burned in 2001 while working as a volunteer firefighter, leaving him disfigured across his face and upper body.

    Fourteen years and more than 70 operations later, his doctors have proclaimed the most comprehensive face transplant in history.

    Doctors had waited for the right donor to come along. Fair-haired David Rodebaugh, a 26-year-old who died in a cycling accident, was the perfect match.

    Al Jazeera's Alexi O'Brien reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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