By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
A woman so horribly disfigured she was willing to risk her life to do something about it has undergone the first near-total face transplant in the US, the Cleveland Clinic announced Tuesday.
Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow and a team of other specialists replaced 80 percent of the woman's face with that of a female cadaver a couple of weeks ago in a bold and controversial operation certain to stoke the debate over the ethics of such surgery.
The patient's name and age were not released, and the hospital said her family wanted the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The hospital plans a news conference Wednesday and would not give details until then.
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