Face transplant operations in Singapore a possibility

SGH-NUH team looking to provide such procedures, but there are major challenges such as costs and social taboos

So radical that the idea seems shocking, face transplants have been performed on some 40 people in the world, giving these individuals who have been disfigured through violence or accident the chance of a normal life.

A team of doctors here are working together to develop the capability to perform this high-risk, life-altering surgery, in the hopes that they can help such disfigured individuals in future.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Face transplant operations in Singapore a possibility'. Print Edition | Subscribe