Woman gets near-total face transplant in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Clinic says a woman who had suffered severe facial trauma got essentially a whole new face in a first-of-its-kind operation.

Officials said Wednesday that the surgery took 22 hours and occurred within the past two weeks.

The surgeon who did the transplant said the patient is doing well.

Only the woman's upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left. The other 80 percent of her face was replaced with one donated from a cadaver.

The patient's name and age were not released. The hospital held a news conference Wednesday to describe the surgery.

It was the nation's first face transplant and the fourth worldwide.

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