A team of 30 doctors performed a 22 hour face-transplant on March 20th... This first ever operation was on a man injured in a shooting accident. The surgery, thanks to a donor, was on his entire face - skin, muscles, cheekbones, lips and teeth.
"It is a little bit like the movie [Face-Off]," Dr. Joan Pere Barret, the lead surgeon at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, told AP.
"If you look him in the face, you see a normal person, like anyone else we have as a patient in the hospital," Barret added.
Only a handful of facial transplants have ever been performed. American Connie Culp received a facial transplant after she was disfigured by a shotgun blast in 2004. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic replaced 80 percent of her face in December 2008.
French doctors were the first to complete a partial facial transplant five years ago. Isabelle Dinoire, 38, received a new nose, chin and lips after she was bitten by a dog.