A woman in her thirties who was attacked by a dog has been the recipient of the world’s first face transplant. The woman had her nose, lips, and chin bitten off in May, and underwent surgery in France over the weekend to have the features (including tissues, muscles, arteries, and veins) replaced with those harvested from a brain-dead donor. Her new face will not look like the donor’s, nor her own, but like what surgeons are calling a “hybrid” and we’re calling the “Mary Shelley.” The operation is a dream come true for scientists everywhere. Now, finally, they can begin to concentrate on a cure for cancer.
No word on whether the dog suffered from pancreatitis after ingesting the woman’s face.