A Frenchwoman, Isabelle Dinorie who received the world’s first partial face transplant in 2005, died at the age of 49 Amiens, France, of Complications following her groundbreaking surgery.
In May 2005, she was severely disfigured by her pet Labrador while she was sleeping.Dinorie than was given a new nose, chin and lips in a groundbreaking in December of same year.15 hour operation led by doctors Bernard Devauchelle and Jean-Michel Dubernard in the Amiens hospital.
The operation left her with the ability to eat, speak and smile normally but her body never fully accepted the new tissues. The immunosuppressant and other treatments that Dinoire routinely received took their toll over the years, and she recently developed two different cancers.
The hospital said Dinoire died in April, but didn’t announce it until Tuesday because the family wanted to mourn privately.