The first person to receive two face transplants says he is getting used to his new identity.
Dubbed “the man with three faces”, Jerome Hamon is recovering in a Paris hospital where he underwent a second transplant in January.
Hamon, 43, suffers from a genetic mutation which causes severely disfiguring tumours.
He underwent the world’s first full face transplant at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital, including tear ducts and eyelids, in 2010. But the same year – in order to treat nothing more than a common cold – he was given an antibiotic incompatible with his immunosuppressive treatment.
In 2016, he began to display signs of transplant rejection, and his new face deteriorated. By November last year, it had to be removed. Hamon remained in hospital without a face for two months before a compatible donor was found and a successful second transplant carried out.
Still recovering in hospital, he said he has quickly accepted his new identity.
“I feel very well in myself,” he told reporters.
“I can’t wait to get rid of all this,” he added, speaking with difficulty of all the major treatment.