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Medicine: Face Transplant / The Ethics (Part I) #810960

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 06, 2005
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Amien, France: Paula Hancocks) The controversy over the first partial human face transplant performed in France examined; scenes shown of a plastic surgery operation; details given about the ethics of such a complicated operation. [Transplant doctor Bernard DEVAUCHELLE†, Sylvie TESTELIN†- {first thru translator} talk about the patient {Isabelle Dinoire††}'s recovery & the procedure.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with American Society of Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bruce Cunningham & University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan about the ethics of the face transplant surgery. [CUNNINGHAM - comments on medical treatment for a woman who tried to commit suicide; states you cannot predict a patient's response; recounts how people with facial injuries become reclusive.] [CAPLAN - wonders if this was the right patient for an emotionally charged operation.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Hancocks, Paula

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