The Frenchwoman with the world’s first face transplant has died almost eleven years since the ground breaking operation. Isabelle Dinoire, 49, succumbed to two types of cancer earlier this summer after a decade taking powerful immunosuppressant drugs. The drugs were designed to prevent her body rejecting new tissues, but they always threatened to make Ms Dinoire seriously ill.
Miss Dinoire, from Valenciennes, northern France, got attention of the world in November 2005 when she was given a new nose, mouth and chin at the nearby Amiens Hospital.It took a team led by Professor Bernard Duvauchelle, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, 15 hours to perform the medical breakthrough. A triangle of face tissue from a brain-dead woman’s nose and mouth were grafted onto Miss Dinoire.
Three years on, Miss Dinoire admitted that she remained uncertain as to whose face she looked at in the mirror every day.
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