Post # 1
Our FiOS just recently picked up National Geographic channel (yay!) so I was watching all of the “Taboo” episodes yesterday, since I used to have that channel with cable and it was one of my favorite shows.
Anyhow, they had a new episode on last night called “Ugly”. It started off pretty tame, with a segment about a modeling agency in Britain, also named “ugly”, that photographed people who are outside of mainstream beauty. Those people are featured in advertisements, magazines, etc. After that was a segment about a little boy with Treacher-Collins syndrome, and how society treated him.
But the main segment was about a man named Daniel, who was electocuted, and his entire face died. When the surgeons were operating on him, they had to remove EVERYTHING. I mean, everything. Down to the skull. Even his skull was burned from the elecricity. They showed pictures, and it was literally a skull with a tounge, sitting on top of a body. It was the most shocking thing I’ve seen in my entire life. He actually got an entire face transplant. I think he was the world’s first. The entire show was amazing. I was just wondering if anyone else caught it, or is as amazed as I am with how far medicine has come to have been able to give this man a face.
Post # 3
@Eight6Eleven: Yup, I watched it.I felt so sorry for the little boy Nathaniel. Being teased, being made fun of and other children even PARENTS being afraid of him.
I remember a couple of months ago, CNN had reported on a full face transplant being done in Texas and I remember they showed his face before the transplant but they wouldn’t show the result. Last night when I saw the pictures I noticed it was the same guy who had it done. And yes he was the first patient to have received a full face transplant in the US.
Post # 4
I felt very sorry for Nathaniel too. He was such a sweet little boy. I didn’t catch the CNN segment. I was really just taken aback by the skull pictures they showed. I have such a terrible morbid curoisity for things like that, but had to watch it with the lights on AND my Darling Husband beside me.
Post # 5
I read the New Yorker piece a couple of months ago about Dallas (not Daniel). It was fascinating. He’s not the world’s first but the first in the US to get a full face transplant and it looks incredible. It’s astounding how much progress science has made in the few short years since Isabelle Dinoire had the partial transplant.
Post # 6
Wish i had seen it, sounds very interesting. Sad i missed this…
Post # 7
Yea, I remember reading/seeing videos of Dallas Wiens. He’s pretty amazing. I also think it’s amazing how far medicine has advanced that we’re capable of something so complex as transplanting an entire face. It’s remarkable. The concept sort of gives me the heebie jeebies, though. I know a lot of people don’t like to look at the “before” images of those who have recieved the transplants, but those never bother me. The after pictures, do though. Very peculiar. Anyway, here’s an article on Dallas that includes before & after pictures towards the bottom: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368455/Electrocuted-man-gets-face-transplant-My-dream-kiss-daughter-again.html
Post # 8
Thanks for sharing the link, Mrs. Sage. And yes, Dallas NOT Daniel. I dunno why I was thinking “Daniel”!