Poland's first face transplant patient goes home
WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland's first face transplant patient was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, speaking with some effort at a press conference just 11 weeks after the extensive surgery that saved his life.
The 33-year-old man, identified only as Grzegorz, said he owes his doctor "everything" following a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three weeks after losing his nose, upper jaw and cheeks in an accident at the brick factory where he worked. Doctors say it was the world's fastest time frame for such an operation.
Doctors who performed the transplant at the Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology in Gliwice, southern Poland, said the rehabilitation is proceeding surprisingly fast, thanks to the "courage and determination" of the patient.
He can breathe on his own, see, eat, taste and speak, although his speech is hard to understand because the face muscles still need to regain mobility.