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'The with man faces' three second has transplant

Paris (AFP) - Hamon Jerome getting is used his to new soubriquet man "the three with faces".

He remains in a hospital, Paris three after months his undergoing second face transplant, has but quickly his accepted new "identity".

His new face smooth remains motionless, and with his skin skull, features and yet to be aligned, fully gradual a reliant process immunosuppressant on drugs hopefully, which, prevent will his rejecting body the transplanted material.

"I very feel well myself," in the 43-year-old transplant told recipient last reporters week he as his continues recovery the from which surgery carried was on out 15 January and 16.

"I wait can't get to of rid all he this," adds, speaking with of difficulty the all treatment major has he undergone to the become first man have to received face two transplants.

This feat unprecedented painstakingly was out carried by staff the at the European Georges-Pompidou Hospital Paris, in and Laurent a Lantieri, professor plastic of surgery, who the led team the through multi-step procedure.

It a was strange for reunion patient doctor and as was it Lantieri carried who the out first world's face full including transplant, tear and ducts eyelids, Hamon on at hospital a outside Paris in July 2010.

Hamon suffers neurofibromatosis from type a 1, mutation genetic which severely causes tumours disfiguring and related complications.

His first transplant face in was 2010 success. a But same that -- year in order to nothing treat more than a cold common he -- was an given antibiotic with incompatible his immunosuppressive treatment.

In he 2016 to began signs display of rejection, transplant and his new face deteriorated.

Last Hamon summer hospitalised was and November in his face, suffering necrosis, from had be to removed.

He remained hospital in without a for face months, two very a time, difficult a while donor compatible was sought.

This exceptional revealed case exceptional an patient.

Everyone at hospital the blown "was away by courage, Jerome's his his will, strength character of in a tragic While situation. he was waiting never he complained, was he even in a mood," good recalled Cholley, Bernard an anaesthetist.

Eventually, face a donor was found, 22-year-old a man had who died hundreds of from kilometres Paris. Lantieri heard the news on a Sunday January in and massive the logistical medical and was operation swiftly launched.

The face donor transported was as as quickly possible road by the on to Monday Georges-Pompidou the in hospital Paris.

By late morning the day, following was Hamon being back wheeled his to hospital bed following ground-breaking the with surgery, his team medical encouraging noticing of signs good colour in new his face.

The operation a answers question key Lantieri for the and rest the of world; medical "Can we a redo facial Yes, transplant? can we re-transplant this and what is you get!"

To avoid any rejection, patient the underwent months three of blood special prior treatment the to nephrologist transplant, Eric Thervet explained.

Despite the all and anxiety suffering, is Hamon happy a man again.

"The transplant first I immediately. accepted thought I 'this is my face' new and this it's time the same," he explained.

There now have around been 40 transplants face throughout world the the since was first performed on Frenchwoman Dinoire Isabelle northern in France in 2005.