Tumour woman gets 2nd transplant

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A 26-year-old woman disfigured by a tumour has received a new face in Poland's second such transplant.

The woman, identified only as Joanna, had great difficulty chewing, swallowing and talking. Dr Adam Maciejewski, who led the 23-hour surgery last week, said on Thursday he hopes the transplant of about 80 percent of the skin on the woman's face will give her back those functions.

She is in serious but stable condition.

In May, Maciejewski and doctors at the Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice, performed Poland's first face transplant on a man whose face was torn off by a stone mason's machine. His recovery is progressing. - Sapa-AP


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