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First American facial transplant recipient recovering

The first person in the U.S. to receive a facial transplant is now recovering. The patient, a burn injury victim, has expressed high satisfaction with procedure, according to the plastic surgeon. She is expected to spend weeks in the hospital. Ethical issues arise with the facial transplant procedure. Recipients run the risk of deadly complications and must take immune-suppressing drugs for the rest of their lives to prevent organ rejection, raising their odds of cancer and infections.

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