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The first face transplant 首例面部移植手术
[ 2006-10-25 08:49 ]

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Modern science helps in new ways
Can you imagine being savagely attacked by a dog? What if the attack was so severe that your nose, lips and chin were completely destroyed? How would you feel about yourself? Would you be able to look at yourself in the mirror? And how do you think other people would treat you?

Isabelle Dinoire is someone who can answer all of these questions honestly and openly.

Last November Isabelle was attacked and mauled by her own dog. The attack was so severe that her lower face was damaged, it seemed, almost beyond repair. She was rushed to hospital and became the first person ever to have a face transplant.

With such severe injuries doctors offered Isabelle little hope that they would be able to repair the damage to her face using conventional surgery.

Shortly after being admitted, she came to the attention of Dr Bernard Devauchelle who, unlike other surgeons, believed there was an alternative: "We found ourselves saying, yes, it's clear this woman needs a transplant," he said.

Two days after the operation she saw her face in the mirror for the first time. She said "I was scared to look at myself, but when I did it was already marvellous and I couldn't believe it. I thought it would be blue and swollen but it was already beautiful."

Now, less than a year after her 15 hour operation, she’s trying to rebuild her life and there is no doubt how she feels about her new face: "I have been saved. Lots of people write saying that I need to go on, that it's wonderful. It's a miracle somehow."

Although there were ethical questions raised about their decision to carry out the procedure, the doctors who operated on Isabelle are quick to defend their decision.

One of them said "Was it possible for her to live without a face? It's easy to say we shouldn't have done the operation, but her life has changed, she goes shopping, goes on holiday, she lives again."


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savagely attacked
野蛮地袭击

severe 严重的
destroyed 被毁    feel about yourself
自己感觉(如何)
treat 对待    honestly and openly
诚恳地并公开地  
mauled (被)伤害   beyond repair
无法医复  
conventional surgery
传统的外科疗法 
marvellous
绝妙的;了不起的

 blue and swollen 青肿  

rebuild her life 重建新生 
need to go on 继续下去  a miracle 一个奇迹  
ethical questions raised
引发了伦理方面的疑问
to carry out 执行
 operated on 给…做手术
to live without a face
没有脸的生活            

are quick to defend their decision
马上为他们的决定做辩护 
It's easy to say
说起来容易   
  


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