Boston hospital performs 2nd full-face transplant

BOSTON - Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed the nation's second full-face transplant, less than a month after the
first.

A team of more than 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for more than 14 hours last week to replace the full facial area of 30-year-old Mitch Hunter, of Indiana.

The procedure replaced Hunter's nose, eyelids, lips, facial animation muscles and the nerves that power them and provide sensation. Hunter suffered his injuries from a high-voltage electrical wire following a 2001 car accident.

The donor family requested anonymity.

Lead surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac (POE-ma-hawk) said the procedure went smoothly and they expect Hunter to have a successful recovery and new life.

A Texas construction worker received a new face at the hospital last month.

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