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Man Successfully Receives Full Face Transplant!

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Absolutely unbelievable!

A Spanish man, who was left unable to breathe or eat without assistance after accidentally shooting himself in the face five years ago, was the first successful recipient of a full face transplant!

The procedure, led by Dr. Joan Pere Barrett, apparently took a full 24 hour, and involved lifting an entire face (including cheekbones, teeth, and muscle) and moving it onto the man, and he is expected to get up 90% of all facial functions back!

Although his body has since attempted to reject the face twice, it was successfully saved with medication, and he's being sent home to finish his recovery!

The patient's sister reveals that her brother is looking forward to doing "little things, like walking down the street without anyone looking at him, or sitting down for a meal with his family. Doing things that all of us do on a normal day."

We never stop being amazed at what modern science can help us accomplish.

We wish the man nothing but the best and hope that the rest of his recovery period goes by smoothly!


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101 comments to “Man Successfully Receives Full Face Transplant!”

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  1. 1

    What does this have to do with celebrity gossip?

  2. 2

    What kind of moron accidentally shoots himself in the face?


  3. 3

    yea… he looks totally normal now.. fuck.

  4. 4

    I'd fuck that. . . See ya at the circus! Wooooshit!

  5. 5

    define succesful

  6. 6

    Mask, aka Rocky

  7. 7

    1 - if he thinks people wont look at him while he walks down the street..hes in for a big shock.
    2 - your so slow on this perez *shakes head*

  8. 8

    is this suppose to be a leap in medicine, or something. what did they transplant his face with, the " scream" movie mask? seriously, it looks horrible and beyong horrific

  9. 9

    Keep this guy away from chainsaws and hillbillies!

  10. 10

    Please, someone find this guy's gun again!

  11. 11

    Hey!!! When did the "Cake Boss" start doing face lifts??????????

  12. P-REZ says – reply to this


    Wait is this the before or after picture? If it's that after that poor guy is gonna be real disappointed when people still stare at him walking down the street. Not sure what it looked like before but it must be a huge improve than after being shot in the face…Amazing! Best of luck to the guy!

  13. 13

    I'm sorry but this guy friken scares me……so exactly how far have we've come?

  14. 14

    first MAN maybe, but not the first. A woman last year was the first.

  15. 15

    Wow. Creepy! He looks like something out of Saw lV! LOL. Gross! He does however look more handsome than Perez…. AH!!!

  16. 16

    Your turn, Mario.

  17. 17

    Accidentally shot himself in the face? How do you do that?

  18. 18

    Now that, is awesome. Looks pretty good for still being swollen. Best of luck, Spanish Man! Can someone wash his jeans?

  19. 19

    This man with the face transplant looks a lot like your face, Perez. It has that saggy, unremarkable blank melting mask aesthetic to it.

  20. Emesa says – reply to this


    Its pretty disturbing to thing that is just the grafted on face of a corpse. I hope he is OK though and his medication continues to work.

  21. 21

    i'd stare at that face if i saw him on the street.

  22. 22

    These comments have convinced me to cease reading this site's comments.

  23. 23

    Wow, it makes me want to count my blessings. Hopefully his new face will settle in & the guy can get back to some sort of real life. Best of luck to him.

  24. 24

    Poor thing
    The swelling alone from the surgeries lasts for months, hopefully he will look a bit better then. We have no idea what he looked like before so if he thinks this is a major improvement and that he looks better then that's all that matters.

  25. 25

    well thats so nice wat if this happend to u i bet u wouldnt be laughing but i prob would

  26. 26

    how do you accidentally shoot yourself in the face? Creepy.

  27. 27

    kudos to him I hope he can walk down the street with no stares too. thank god he will be able to live. Spain is having an amazing year this year!

  28. 28

    As soon as i read this bit, that Spanish film ABRE LOS OJOS came to mind. I love that movie! Not VANILLA SKY. Yuck.

  29. 29

    you accidentally shoot yourself in the face by freak accidents you morons! ex: nobody plans on driving off a bridge

  30. 30

    God bless him. It must be terribly difficult for him to handle this. Shame on all the people who make a joke of it. He is a human being like you or I, he had an unfortunate incident and is making the best of his life the only way he can. Like we all do, we make the best of it. I'm never amazed at how cruel Americans are to their fellow humans. It's no wonder God has given up on your country. Murder capitol of the world. Drug capitol of the world. Fat ass capitol of the world. Aren't there any Americans with any compassion or human emotion left? Do you also laugh at your veterans who have lost limbs or have been disfigured so that you have the freedom to play your stupid Xbox and wack off to Girls Gone Wild? Be human. Be nice. The comments in here are why Sept 11 happened. You have no hearts. Shame on you all.

  31. 31

    Can you guys not just be happy for somebody? Its not perfect, but i'm sure its better than it was. And Shannon, you BITCH.. he probably had depression. People are so rude!

  32. 32

    "Juhz. Vunh. UHFUH!" (Justice. Vengeance. ARSEFACE!)
    - Preacher

  33. 33

    Every single comment i've seen is like "he looks like crap" "he's a moron!" etc.. Why can't you think he will be able of having an amazing new life!? and a new opportunity of living like normal peolpe! Please!! In my personal opinion, I feel extremely happy for him! :D

  34. 34

    It's sad to see some of the ignorant comments on here. Have any of you realized that just because you were not born with a physical disorder that something like this couldn't happen to any of you at any moment??? Like that model who had acid thrown in her face, or burn survivors etc.
    Anyways I wish him well and happiness. And bless the Doctor and his team, they are heroes .

  35. 35

    I knew there would have to be idiots with smart ass comments on this. You all try walking around with no fucking face period and see if you're not happy with whatever you can get. Plus do you have any idea how long it would take for the swelling and irritation to go down on a procedure like that? That isn't the end result you fucking inconsiderate assholes. I feel sorry for the poor guy.

  36. 36

    michael jackson lives! who knew his death would bring this nice gentleman a new (kinda) face =)

  37. 37

    I've seen a couple other face-transplant recipients and whatever the doctors may say, they only address functionality issues (eating, breathing, speaking) but definitely not appearance. Mirrors become sources of pain for those people, I conjecture.

  38. 38

    i'm happy for him but i shouldn't have looked at this right now since i'm going to sleep :(

  39. 39

    My sister in law is a candidate for a face transplant due to burns and I've been shopping with her and wanted to punch fuckheads like most of you who've made comments!
    The soul and spirit of a person doesn't change due to physical characteristics changing. My sister in law is brave and strong and so much more understanding of the moronic staring she has to endure than I would be.

  40. ixab says – reply to this


    Re: likethepear
    Yeah, you've got a point. I'm glad someone sees it.

  41. 41

    Re: likethepear – Look, I agree that most of the comments here are not cool. I wish this guy the best but how fucking dare you say that it's comments like this that caused the attacks of Sept 11th? Mean-spirited comments on gossip websites were not the reason that 19 Muslims murdered 2900 people.

  42. emmz says – reply to this


    he looks like a blow up doll.

  43. 43

    Re: likethepear – …and what g0d almighty righteous country are you from? You are the one who is ignorant my friend. Every single country has its negatives and positives. Instead of writing terribly inaccurate and racist comments on an American website, go do something useful with your time and better your own country.

  44. 44

    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – well hun unless you were there sept 11 you shouldnt say i damn word either yeah i understand that persons comments were out of line but unless they have expierenced this every1 should shut up same goes for this guy i hope he lives a happy normal life and its nobody business how he shot himself the fact is he is alive he is healthy and happy

  45. 45

    Re: likethepear – : I agree with Re: Eldridge Cleaver – . A lot of the comments posted on here are awful things to say to someone who has gone through so much. He's probably suffered from depression, poor self esteem, and a loss of identity. Who are all of you to judge him? Those comments are very shallow. But you should not base your opinions on the US soley on a handful of obnoxious comments. We are also not the drug capital of the world, you may want to check your facts before making outrageous comments against a whole country. I also take offense to your other comments. I am not "wacking off" to any type of pornographic film, and I never have. I have never laughed at a veteran and I do not base my whole life on a gaming system. I have compassion and I'm not going to murder anyone. Oh and I'm also not a "fat ass" as you so eloquently put it. That is such an ignorant, biased and just plain rude statement. Before you make comments like that, think about other people. You showed no compassion while writing your statement, making yourself a hypocrite.

  46. 46


  47. 47

    best of luck to him. i'm sure his face will change slightly as his body gets used to it

  48. Bevi says – reply to this


    I feel sorry for him and all, but "The patient's sister reveals that her brother is looking forward to doing "little things, like walking down the street without anyone looking at him"…. While it IS great that he is an optimist…. and positivity can go a long way…. some things are just never going to happen no matter what. Good luck anyway.

  49. 49

    Re: BIGFOOT1 – Ya, read my mind!

  50. 50

    I knew Perez attrackted retards but you guys are just unbelievable…
    It's not about the guy who received the new face (idiots)

    It's about a breakthrough in the medical world!!!!! Next time when someone gets like…. perhaps…. shot in the face by someone else, an innocent person, who would die otherwise… they can give them a new face and save the life of an innocent person… tháts what it's about… tháts what's important here…

    and why would you want an innocent man to die, just because he shot himself in the face? Yes he looks horrible but atleast he's alive…. it's not like hé killed someone…..

    I smell a big lack of empathic ability here….

    *sigh* why do I even bother….

  51. 51

    Re: likethepear – Lol And people think Americans are super ignorant/arrogant. No likethepear, of course there are no Americans out there with compassion…just like all African-Americans are gangsters and Mexicans are lazy. Generalizations are ridiculous and you need to gain some perspective in life, idiot. You can't judge an entire population on the comments of a few.

    I find it hilarious that people act like the only country where racism, sexism, homophobia, any type of mean spirited thinking exists, is in the United States.

  52. 52

    I love the comment above somehwere…
    "The comments here are why September 11 happned!"
    Have a look and laugh,,,

  53. 53

    Re: likethepear – judgmental much? you read a couple dozen comments from random people WHO ARE NOT ALL AMERICANS BTW and you judge an entire country by it?
    How is your comment about the US any different than all of the other comments made on this story that you are complaining about??

    check yourself before you wreck yourself, ok?

  54. 54

    Wow! I imagine that one day technology will be so sophisticated that doctors and surgeons will implement a kind of android surgery! =]

  55. 55

    Re: likethepear – I agree! =[

  56. 56

    I have met a couple guys with half of their faces completely fucked due to botched suicide attempts. They had one side that looked ok, so they would just talk to people with half of their bodies directed towards you. I couldnt imagine the daily crap and insecurities they must have. Imagine how many normal people already have body/looks issues. Combine that with a destroyed face, i couldnt imagine. There was a woman who's husband shot her in the face that had this same surgery. The after looks better on both cases but with this one it doesnt like human-like. It looks like a mask.

  57. 57

    Not sure how happy he was when he was saved after an accident like this. I wonder why they think they should save everyone. I am sure he came very close to death. This is awful and yes, I would look too.

  58. 58

    Re: likethepear
    Are you ok? You actually wrote "The comments in here are why Sept 11 happened"

    You may think American's are judgemental, but wherever you come from they should be running….you are off of your rocker.

  59. 59

    This reminds me of Leatherface.

  60. 60

    Don't be so immature. In six months he will look completely normal like the lady in France who had the same procedure does now. It takes a while to get the muscles working properly again where his mouth will close, etc. He is also still very swollen.

  61. 61

    Am I the only person that is amazed with that new? Now I see I totally wasted my time reading almost all the stupid comments. I love when Perez informs us about this things and I wish to this guy the best and a quick recovery! Xx

  62. 62

    Scary face!

  63. 63

    Your commenta are so incredible rude and disrespectfull. Or actually the right word should be: heartless ! You should be happy for this man! He has 90% of all facial functions back!! Can you imagine how his life was BEFORE the operation? and you know what? I think that's very good of Perez, that he also posts non-celebrity articles/blogs(or how you want to call it)!:)

  64. 64

    He looks like he gives good head.

  65. 65

    Perez, you're a good guy with strong values and I agree with you almost all the time - but you really might want to turn off the comment function. This is a super popular site, and it's become an accidental forum for some of the cruelest, most insensitive and generally moronic people on the web. Anyone who would mock someone in this situation should be sentenced to spend five minutes being this guy - if they could even handle it for that long.

    If he was a candidate for such a drastic surgery, the man's been through more than anybody should ever have to deal with. He looks amazing - the swelling will go down in a few months, and I hope he finally has a chance to settle back into a normal life. God bless him and everyone who made this possible. And VIVA L'ESPANA!!!

  66. 66

    He looks like the guy from Ghostbusters

  67. 67

    Wow you people are horrible. You would not say such terrible things if this happened to you, a friend or a family member. Grow up and have some respect.

    Bless this mans soul x

  68. 68

    I somehow doubt that people won't stare at him as he walks down the street.

  69. 69

    All of you people commenting on this are absolutely disgusting. This is big news in the medical world, and this guy looked a million times worse before this. This is a huge improvement. You people are stuck up and make me fucking sick. So fucking spoiled, every last one of you. The least you can do is appreciate what YOU have and be happy for this man. He may not be a looker to you, but I bet he feels PRETTY damn good. I'm embarrassed for you people. You should be SO ashamed of yourselves.

  70. 70

    Re: BIGFOOT1 – It's Perez's blog, he can post whatever he wants.

  71. 71

    Re: likethepear – You're just as bad as all the people in here. I'm an American, and I'm feel EXTREMELY sorry for this man. How do you know it's all Americans making these comments? I'm assuming you yourself aren't, but I'd never be able to tell if you weren't bashing us. And really? Comments like this caused September 11th? I'm pretty sure that our comments on Perez FUCKING Hilton's website is what caused Sept. 11th. Or just comments on the internet period. You're ignorant and I cannot wait for the day that God brings judgment upon you. However, I agree about what you say about the people saying rude things. They disgust a LOT of people, AMERICANS INCLUDED!!!! You fuckwad.

  72. 72

    As a person who has actually HAD 2 kidney transplants - this is amazing… and everyone who pointed out his swelling will go down - they're right. And so what if he doesn't end up looking "normal?" I don't exactly look "normal" anymore but I am here and that's all that matters - and like many say, I have friends & family that love me for me and that's what makes my life complete. Good for him.


    Re: likethepear - Holy. Cow. Wherever you're from should be ashamed of you - my husband is a service member and you have NO IDEA what they go through! If you're going to go on an AMERICAN WEBSITE you're going to have to respect that! I wouldn't go on another country's website and say that the biggest tragedy they've suffered was due to generalized statements. Wow, prick.

  73. 73

    I'm sorry that he won't get his one wish of noone looking at him while he walks down the street. And who the hell paid for this? Health insurance certainly doesn't include "face transplants". My tax dollars should not go to someone who shoots themselves in the face — sorry.

  74. 74

    What happens if the body rejects the face…does it fall off? Poor guy!

  75. 75

    What a miracle! I can't imagine what his life must have been like before the surgery. God bless him.

  76. 76

    Re: mgardner – Greedy and Material. Sad Sad sad

  77. 77

    he reminds me of tom cruise in vanilla sky.

  78. 78

    that doctor looks a lot like Buddy from Cake Boss… might explain that doughy look of that man's new face

  79. 79

    I saw this on the news last night and I said to my friend he kinda looks like Sloth from the goonies. I feel bad for what happened and of course he'll never look like he once did but I guess compared to his before photo (which they did show on the news) its a tad bit better

  80. 80


  81. 81

    he looks like perez

  82. 82

    In all earnestness…he now looks like MICK JAGGER!

  83. 83

    Although I think the way the man got to where he is is his own fault….I think that is really cool that they were bale to give him his life back.

  84. 84

    While technological advancements are aplenty, they seem to smother any room for fundamental improvement: sorry you committed suicide, here's a face!
    Really? I won't be surprised if this man successfully ends his life once the novelty of this procedure subsides. Poor fellow.

  85. 85

    It´s sad to read all these coments, a man will live normally, in a very few months his face will be very well.
    I think i did read this morming that he lost his face in a traffic accident.
    And the most important he didn´t pay any money all the costs it will be pay by Seguridad Social.

  86. 86

    it's so sad to see how careless and immature most of you people are. You better hope nothing like this happens to you one day. If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all!

  87. 87

    You idiots that are making fun of this poor man must be immature idiots with an IQ of 50 combined. Disgusting. I hope nothing but the best for this man. God bless him.

  88. 88

    Yeah Baby! He looks like Austin Powers!

  89. 89

    ugh im sorry but thats just so wrong…WTF? I dont get it i mean his fasce still looks horrid! but i guess if it makes him feel better than CHEERIO TO HIS FACE!

  90. 90

    how do you accidentally shoot yourself in the face????

  91. 91

    um….Buzzfeed internet meme in 3…..2……..1……

  92. 92

    Re: emmz
    Im going to hell for laughing at this, arent I?

    No but in all seriousness….Its funny how scientist and doctors assure everyone that their is no such thing as God and play God all the time trying to recreate everything…well….here's a perfect example…. all these face transplants are awful…they serve their purpose but are nothing like a real face.

  93. 93

    Re: Dylan76 – Love your comment!

  94. 94

    yeah, that guy just received a face transplant from Buddy the Cake Boss from TLC, do you think it's made from rice krispy treats too?

  95. 95

    Re: likethepear

    Wow, way to categorize an entire population of people based on things you've read on a gossip site… and you call us ignorant?

  96. 96

    Why does the doctor look like the Cake Boss AKA Buddy Valastro?

  97. 97

    Why are people so ignorant?
    They sit there and make fun of the guy
    for what? So they can feel better about themselves?
    I hope the guy recovers well.

  98. 98

    The people who left comments like 'I'd stare at him in the street', saying this operation wasnt a sucess or making fun of this man's appearance are ignorant and shallow people. Imagine not being able to go out in public without being treated like a freak r never being able 2 live a normal life.
    And who said he was trying 2 kill himself anyway? would ur opinions be any different if he was involved in an accident? Either way he is going 2 have to live in a world where he is judged and treated as a 2nd class citizen because of his appearence.
    Just b greatful that u dont have to go thru the emotional or mental pain that this man and other people that live with disfigurements (usually as a result of accidents) have 2 live with every single day as a result of ignorant people!! These people have feelings 2.
    All you ignorant people had better hope karma doesnt come back around and teach u all a lesson

  99. 99

    Wow you guys are fucking douchebags for making fun of this poor guy. DOUCHEBAGS. Karma's a bitch, I hope you know that, assholes.

  100. 100

    where did they get the face from?? a blow-up doll.

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