First US face transplant patient leaves hospital

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Doctors say the woman who received the nation's first face transplant two months ago has left the hospital in Cleveland.

The patient's surgeon said she left Thursday night. She is able to eat solid food and breathe on her own for the first time since her disfiguring injury occurred several years ago. The woman's identity has not been revealed.

A dead donor provided the facial skin and bone that was needed for her 22-hour surgery in early December.

Officials at the Cleveland Clinic would not say where the patient went. She and her family have declined requests for comment.

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