Boston Hospital Completes First African American Full Facial Transplant
BOSTON (CNN) — Robert Chelsea just got a new face, and with it, he is the latest milestone in the burgeoning world of facial transplant surgery. He is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant, with a successful surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A black patient in Paris received a partial face transplant in 2007. At 68 years old, he’s the oldest person to undergo the surgery as well. “It’s a great wonder,” Chelsea told CNN in a phone interview on Friday. “This whole process gave me a whole new dimension on seeing myself.” After the standard three months of monitoring in Boston after the procedure, Chelsea just returned home to Los Angeles. He’s the 15th facial transplant patient in the US. “Despite being the oldest face transplant patient at 68, Robert is progressing and recovering remarkably fast,” lead surgeon Bohdan Pomahac said in a press release. Robert Chelsea is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant, with a successful surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston ( Photo Credit: Lightchaser Photography/Brigham and Women’s Hospital) He suffered severe burns in a car accident In August 2013, Chelsea was driving to church in the fast lane on a summer night when his car overheated. He was on the side of the Interstate when a drunken driver collided with his vehicle. “My car went up in the air, and when it came down, it blew ...
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