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A New York medical team has made the most complex face transplant ever done to date to a firefighter who needed tissues in the face, skull and neck.
Patrick Hardison, 41, was operated by a team headed by Cuban-American doctor Eduardo Rodriguez, the same that in France in 2005 performed the first face transplant in history.
The intervention lasted 26 hours, tissues of a young donor who died in a bicycle accident were used.
Hardison suffered third-degree burns fourteen years ago while working as a volunteer firefighter and lost his ears, lips, most of the nose and eyes.
Dr. Rodriguez explained that before surgery Hardison's face "was just a huge scar."
The patient may regain sight and even drive vehicles again. Hardison is still receiving care and treatment but may return home soon. 


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