See that huge flesh melon growing on that woman's chest? It may look like a gross oversized tumor but, according to the Global Times, it's part of a brilliant plan by Chinese doctors to reconstruct her face, severely disfigured in a fire when she was five years old.
The world’s first face transplant took place eight years ago, and while it remains a highly experimental operation, the procedure has been advancing in leaps and bounds ever since. In February of this year, Carmen Tarleton underwent one of the most successful face transplants yet.
In 1997, Richard Lee Norris suffered a horrific gun accident that ripped off his nose, chin, lips and teeth and turned him into a recluse. 15 years later, doctors were able to perform the "most extensive face transplant ever" and give him a brand new face and new life.
In 1997, Richard Norris was shot in the face. The accident almost cost him his life, and, even after years of reconstructive surgery, left him without significant portions of his face and jaw.
The operation took 24 hours and 30 doctors, but the first full face transplant appears to be a success. Here's how Oscar, the patient, looks with his new face:
The operation took 22 hours and 30 doctors, but the world's first full facial transplant has been deemed "a success."