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Polish man gets quick face transplant after injury

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WARSAW, Poland — A 33-year-old Polish man received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident, in what his doctors said Wednesday is the fastest time frame to date for such an operation. It was Poland’s first face transplant.

Face transplants are extraordinarily complicated and relatively rare procedures that usually require extensive preparation, typically months or years. But medical officials said the Polish patient’s condition was deteriorating so rapidly that a transplant was seen as the only option. The patient is now being watched for any potential infections.

The patient worked at stonemason’s workshop near the southwestern city of Wroclaw where on April 23 a machine used to cut stone tore off most of his face and crushed his upper jaw.

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