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Woman Has Complete Feeling in New Face

April 30th, 2006, 02:58 PM
PARIS (AP) - The French woman who received the world's first partial face transplant has complete feeling in the new tissue five months after the operation, she told a Sunday newspaper.

Isabelle Dinoire, 38, also told the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that the hardest part of her recovery appears to be getting to know herself again. When asked if she has accepted her new face, she responded: ``It's too difficult to explain.''

She takes out old photos and, shocked at the difference between her former face and her new one, tells herself that she simply has aged, she said.

Dinoire said her speech has improved as she has gained more facial mobility.

``The scars have considerably healed. The doctors are confident. In addition, I have recovered total feeling,'' Dinoire said.

The mother of two last spoke publicly in February, when she held a lengthy news conference with medical personnel in the northern town of Amiens, where her Nov. 27 operation took place.

Dinoire lost much of her face when she was mauled by her pet Labrador while knocked out from drugs she took to forget a trying week. Her lipless gums and teeth were permanently exposed, and most of her nose was missing.

Dinoire wore a surgical mask in public to avoid frightening people. During 15 hours of surgery, a team of doctors replaced the gaping hole in her face with a donor transplant that included a new nose, mouth and chin.

``Each day that passes, I think, above all, of the donor and her family whom I cannot thank enough,'' she told the newspaper. ``We must not forget that today, thanks to them, I have become visible again.''

Dinoire noted that her speech had improved. During the February news conference, her words were difficult to understand because her new mouth was frozen open.

Today, ``I still have a little problem of mobility, symmetry as the doctors say.''

She said the real difficulty was pronouncing sounds that use the lips, such as the ``b'' or ``p'' sounds.

Today, Dinoire still only leaves her apartment if accompanied and has not replaced the mirrors she removed from her home after the accident, she told the newspaper during an interview in a small room at the Amiens teaching hospital.

Each week, Dinoire visits the Amiens hospital for a battery of tests, re-education sessions and visits with a psychologist.

Each month, she travels to a hospital in Lyon, in southeast France, where she spent weeks after the operation receiving an anti-rejection treatment so her body would accept the new tissue. She undergoes more testing and has her treatment adjusted.

She now takes 10 pills a day, down from the original 20.

In addition, several times a day she must examine a small patch of skin from the donor on her stomach, a ``sentinel ... that should sound the alarm if something goes wrong,'' she said.

She also has to do the same with her face, examining it in a magnifying mirror - the only mirror now in her home.

04/30/06 10:15 Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

April 30th, 2006, 03:00 PM
I am just wondering about this,i dont get why a dog,(your own dog) would turn on you like that while you are passed out,and eat your face,could someone enlighten me please why a dog might do that

jesse's mommy
April 30th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Take a look here:

April 30th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Thank you ,just read it,SOOOOO BIZARREEE

April 30th, 2006, 04:34 PM
Maybe some day she'll get the feeling to tell the truth

April 30th, 2006, 06:56 PM
Maybe some day she'll get the feeling to tell the truth

My thoughts, exactly !!! :D

April 30th, 2006, 07:42 PM
This is SO Bizarre!!!

jesse's mommy
April 30th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I love that she is down to 10 pills a day instead of 20. Now, that's an accomplishment. :thumbs up (I say that in a very sarcastic voice.) I just think there is too much missing here. It's totally whacked!!!!

April 30th, 2006, 08:20 PM
It really is,i just cant see a dog eating your face cause your asleep, come on wuzzz uppppppp????????? PS ESPECIALLY YOUR OWN DOG...........

April 30th, 2006, 11:21 PM
wow! Makes you think twice about taking sleeping pills :p
Maybe she soaked her face in beef juice before going to sleep???

Glad the face transplant went well for her...maybe she'll be going for a brain transplant next :D

May 4th, 2006, 03:15 PM
That is funny,beef juice,i love it.......................

May 4th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Maybe she took 30 pills instead of the usual 20 and collapsed out of nowhere on top of the dog and the dog just gnawed his way out and her face just got in the way?

Or maybe she was eating bacon before she collapsed?
Or maybe the dog hired a hit dog to take her out and the plan went awry?

September 14th, 2006, 09:55 AM
That story is so sad, the dog was probably trying to wake her up cause he sensed something was wrong. :sad: (the other thread mentions that she was trying to OD)

September 14th, 2006, 05:38 PM
Here is a picture after the operation.:( [edit] It's not too gruesome, not like Face Off or anything. :) It did remind me of that movie though!
Sounds like the daughter also thinks the dog was just trying to help. I have a feeling that is what happened, it's such a tragic situation for all involved.:sad: Some more info about the story here.