Lille (France) (AFP) – The world’s first face transplant recipient, Frenchwoman Isabelle Dinoire, died in April “after a long illness”, a hospital said Tuesday.
In 2005, at the age of 38, Dinoire received a graft comprising the nose, lips and chin of a brain-dead donor to replace parts of her face that had been mauled by her dog.
The hospital in Amiens, northern France, confirmed the death of “Mrs D., the first patient in the world to receive a face transplant”.
The hospital said her death had been kept quiet to protect her family’s privacy.
The ground-breaking operation had raised hopes around the world for victims with faces disfigured in accidents or assaults, with surgeons in the United States, Spain, China, Belgium, Poland and Turkey performing partial or full transplants since the ground-breaking surgery on Dinoire.
Poor Isabelle. She tried to be a game changer, tried to lead a revolution and ended up passing away 11 years after the historic event. After reading deeper into this article, Isabelle’s labrador gnawed at her face after she overdosed on sleeping pills after she tried to end her life. What a crazy story. Looking at it now, what an awful way to be brought back to life. You try to take your own life, but then your dog tries to be a super hero, gnaws off your face, and you end up like this. That is a tough one.