Cleveland (US), Jul 18 (AP) The Cleveland Clinic says a 21-year-old woman disfigured by a gunshot as a teenager has received a face transplant.Also Read - Flying to US? Fresh Guidelines Issued For International Travel | Read New Rules

The hospital says the 31-hour surgery in May was its third face transplant and its first “total face transplant.” It included her scalp, eyelids, nose, facial muscles and nerves, teeth and much of her jaw. Also Read - Woman Raped on Train While Passengers Remain Mute Spectators

The medical center isn’t sharing names and other details about the patient and donor to protect their privacy. Also Read - US President Joe Biden Plan Seeks to Expand Education, From Pre-K to College

A hospital statement on Tuesday quoted the recipient as saying recovery has sometimes been difficult but she’s thankful for the medical staff and the “incredible gift” from the donor and the donor’s family.

Doctors say the transplant will help the woman breathe, speak, chew and express emotions more effectively. They say facial reconstruction alone wouldn’t have accomplished that.

(AP)

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