Doctors in Poland say they have performed a total face transplant on a 33-year-old man whose face was torn off in an accident.
Surgeons at the Oncology Center in Gliwice said the 27-hour operation was performed on May 15, just weeks after the accident. The accident took place on April 23.
The head of the of doctors, Adam Maciejewski, said in was the world's first life-saving face transplant carried out sa soon after the damage.
"I will be leaving Warsaw in a couple of days - it was an unbelievable experience for my husband and I. The staff are second to none - I was happy that my surgeon spoke English and made me feel at ease when I was so nervous in the operating room. I am still having water fall down my cheeks, but they are tears of happiness - I'm so glad I came and had the procedure!"
Lila Cugini, Canada
"I went on a journey to Poland for health and received a treatment like nothing I've experienced in the past. Now I'm on a new journey of health and healing, I really feel like I've gone back in time and regained my health. I just feel so lucky on so many levels."
Darrell Foster, Canada