Doctors transplant face and two hands

The world’s first simultaneous partial-face and double-hand transplant was announced by French doctors today.

Paris Public Hospitals authority said the recipient was a 30-year-old burns victim. The man, whose name was not released, was injured in a 2004 accident that left him with scars “preventing any social life.”

Reports said the upper half of the face, including the scalp, forehead and eyelids, was transplanted.

A 40-person team worked for 30 hours on Saturday and Sunday to perform the operation at the Henri Mondor hospital.

The statement said it was the world’s sixth partial-face transplant but the first to include hands as well.

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