Jérôme Hamon, 43, of France, is the first person in the world to receive two face transplants, the BBC reports.
He has a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 1 that leads to disfiguring tumors on the face.
Hamon had his first face transplant in 2010, but years later his body rejected the face and it was removed.
He waited in a hospital for months without a face while he waited for a new donor.
In an interview with the BBC, Hamon said he was feeling “well” after the second transplant.
A man in France has become the first person in the world to receive two face transplants, the BBC reports. Now, the 43-year-old has been dubbed “the man with three faces” by French media outlets.
Jérôme Hamon received his first face transplant in 2010. He suffers from neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic disorder that caused benign, disfiguring tumors to grow on his face — though they can also grow elsewhere across body, according to the US National Library of Medicine. The tumors, called neurofibromas, usually occur on or just under the skin. The condition occurs in one in 3,000 to 4,000 people worldwide.
In 2015, the BBC reports, Hamon caught a common cold and was given antibiotics that conflicted with some of the medications he was already taking to prevent rejection of his first transplant. But in 2016, his body began to reject the first face, and in November of 2017, it was finally removed.
Hamon spent two months in a hospital in Paris, living without a face, while he waited for a new one. Finally, a new donor face became available, and the surgery took place in January 2018, led by Laurent Lantieri, the same doctor who oversaw Hamon’s first transplant.
“I’m 43 and the donor was 22 so I’m 22 again,” Hamon told French TV, according to the BBC.
He’s still recovering from the procedure, but in a video interview with the BBC, Hamon said he was feeling “well.”
“I still have moments when I’m exhausted, but overall I feel well,” he said, in French. “I accepted the first transplant immediately. I considered it immediately to be my new face. And this time it’s the same.”
Watch the interview from the BBC below:
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