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Man Receives Artificial Face

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the jaw-dropping dept.

Science 24

jeffy124 writes: "Doctors in Kentucky have successfully implanted an artificial face. The surgery was required because of a rare fungal infection called mucormycosis in the man's sinus cavity that required removal his nose, eyes, cheekbones, upper jaw, and some teeth. The surgery required reconstruction of the mouth using tissue from his legs and facial bones were replaced with titanium bridging on which a prosthetic face is placed."

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I do believe... (-1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 12 years ago | (#2951204)

That this man's face resembled our good pal goatse.

Which is, let's face it, pretty damn disturbing. Any humane society would have had him put to sleep rather than let this faceless freak roam free. Instead, valuable medical resources have been wasted on this "Artificial Face" which in all probability would fall off in a strong wind.

Science is an art.

Saw this on Discovery years ago (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2951208)

Only back then it was a silicone bridge.

Seriously, though, how does this affect the medical world? It doesn't seem to revolutionize anything.

"Man receives nervous system transplant"

Now that would be a cool story.

Not particularly groundbreaking (5, Insightful)

Phaid (938) | more than 12 years ago | (#2951293)

This sort of thing is by no means new - there are ample cases of facial prostheses in use today [anaplastology.org] . It's not unknown to have cancer patients with similar, albeit less extensive, facial reconstruction necessary after surgery. The process is pretty similar, you implant magnets in the remaining bone structure, or attach them to a titanium superstructure implanted in the bone if the defect is very large, and attach a silicon prosthesis using those.

There really are some amazing feats being performed every day by the medical profession. People should read more or at least watch the Discovery Channel on occasion, then they wouldn't be as surprised by things like this make CNN.

Re:Not particularly groundbreaking (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 12 years ago | (#2951565)

> The process is pretty similar, you implant magnets in the remaining bone structure, or attach them to a titanium superstructure implanted in the bone if the defect is very large, and attach a silicon[e] prosthesis using those.

NOTICE: Under normal usage conditions, your NewFace(tm) is designed to give you and your significant other(s) many years of satisfaction. Note that in the event of suspected brain tumor requiring MRI scan for diagnosis, warranty on your NewFace(tm) is null and void.

Re:Not particularly groundbreaking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2952267)

Hmm, magnets ... kind of like my fridge ...

Obligatory lame movie joke (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2951377)

John Travolta and Nicholas Cage could not be reached for comment.

Eeeuurrrggghhh (2, Insightful)

Prowl (554277) | more than 12 years ago | (#2951871)

am i the only one around here who nearly barfed at that story.

i cannot begin to imagine what life must have been like for that bloke.

it makes the latest kernel release seem pretty insignificant.

Re:Eeeuurrrggghhh (3, Informative)

HypodermicEyes (154869) | more than 12 years ago | (#2952487)

No, you're not. I found it odd to see several jokes posted so quickly and modded up so quickly.

I heard about a russian man who had his face bitten off by a bear some years ago. He had one eye left, so he could function. The pictures were pretty gruesome - a big gaping hole in his face. The russian doctors couldn't do much, so he lived wearing a scarf over his face for a long time. Eventually, an american institution offered to create a face for him. I don't remember which institution it was. Might be the same one.

But this guy that lost not just his face, both his eyes also... I shudder to think about it. It's remarkable that he had the will to go on like he did... thanks in part to a dream about his granddaughter.

Re:Eeeuurrrggghhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2952585)

Long live rotten.com, eh?

Re:Eeeuurrrggghhh (2)

Bonker (243350) | more than 12 years ago | (#2957624)

am i the only one around here who nearly barfed at that story.

The first time that I heard of this guy was on an episode of Ripley's beleive it or not. Unfortuneately, I was sitting at hooters eating chicken wings at the time. I lost my appetite pretty quickly...

I think it's great that they can give the man back his face. I just wish they could give him back his eyesight or his sense of smell...

Re:Eeeuurrrggghhh (1)

Prowl (554277) | more than 12 years ago | (#2959137)

how far off are eye transplants? are they feasible, if a little beyond our technology? i heard of a experiment that turned the eyes of a frog upside down. it stumbled around but apparenty got used to it after a few days.

can you imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2952403)

a beowulf cluster of artificial faces...

resistance is futile

i before e (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2952449)

<spelling-nipick>
The spelling in the title for "Receives" should have the i and e swapped: "Recieves"
</spelling-nitpick>

(Off-Topic) (0, Offtopic)

HypodermicEyes (154869) | more than 12 years ago | (#2952503)

Except after c.

Oh, and you forgot the t in your first nitpick.

Re:(Off-Topic) (0, Offtopic)

Sygnus (83325) | more than 12 years ago | (#2952749)

Seriously!

If people are going to criticize others' spelling, then they should make damn sure that they're correct.

English 101 - i before e... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 12 years ago | (#2965761)

Oh, and you forgot the obligatory exceptions, such as beige, counterfeit, deity, eight, either, foreign, forfeit, freight, heifer, height, heinous, heir, heist, leisure, neigh, neighbour, neither, reign, seismic, seize, sovereign, surfeit, their, veil, vein, weight, weir, weird, Neil, Sheila and their (no pun intended) derivatives.

And then are the ones that go the other way, like conscience, efficient, science, society, species, not to mention many plurals such as fallacies, fancies, etc.

These aren't complete lists - there are several other examples that I've neglected to mention but I'm damned if I can remember them all now.

Grow Him a New One... (4, Interesting)

pretoris (442079) | more than 12 years ago | (#2952743)

This type of thing makes me think that the government should get that great big stick out their collective butts and let embryonic stem cell and controlled cloning continue. Now, whilst I don't care to have genetically identical copies of myself running around wouldn't it be great if we could grow this dude another face and graft it back on? Wouldn't be perfect for sure, but it would be much better than a silicone prosthetic. Not to mention that heart disease, liver disease et. al. patients could greatly benefit. When the government throwing up road blocks to this sort of thing they are merely hurting people, and delaying the inevitable.

Then there's the "when is an embryo a person" debate that is best left elsewhere...

As Tom Cruise said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2953087)

...in Vanilla Sky, "Oh thats great. Because for a second I thought you were talking about...A FUCKING MASK!"

OK, new face, but now what? (2, Interesting)

Insightfill (554828) | more than 12 years ago | (#2953222)

<Wilder>Hearts and kidneys are TINKERTOYS</Wilder>

Guy's got a new face, but collection agencies calling every day asking for their money (RTFA). Not too cool. Friend of mine got stuck with $100k of medical bills after his health insurance company said nogo to paying for a partial pancreas removal. He was filing for bankruptcy right around the time he died in a diabetic coma (half a pancreas will do that to you.) Can you tell I'm bitter?

Also, the article mentioned that he wears sunglasses to hide the fact that his "fake eyes don't blink." Article wasn't clear - was he blind, then?

Still, cool story that a face can be "transplanted", so to speak.

Re:OK, new face, but now what? (1)

Takeel (155086) | more than 12 years ago | (#2953721)

Also, the article mentioned that he wears sunglasses to hide the fact that his "fake eyes don't blink." Article wasn't clear - was he blind, then?

His eyes were removed, so yes.

Yuck. Poor guy. (1)

DGolden (17848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3017754)

That's a singularly horrible sounding disease - "Killer fungus ate my face."

Shiver.

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