Isabelle Dinoire, Recipient of First Partial Facial Transplant, Dies at 49

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who in 2005 received the world’s first partial facial transplant, paving the way for dozens of other patients to receive this complicated surgery, has died. She was 49.

In statement released this week, the Amiens-Picardie University Hospital, where the transplant was performed, said that Ms. Dinoire died on April 22 but that it had withheld announcing the death at her family’s request. They had asked for a period of private mourning, the hospital said.
In a separate statement, the hospital, in northern France, suggested that the cause was related to longstanding complications from the operation. In the years after the transplant, Ms. Dinoire had endured infections and taken immunosuppressive drugs to keep her body from rejecting the foreign tissue.
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