CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – It took more than 24 hours in the operating room, about a dozen primary surgeons and twice that many support staff at The Cleveland Clinic, to give a second patient a second face.

“He was involved in a auto accident, had a lot of facial destruction,” said Dr. Frank Papay, Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute at The Cleveland Clinic, who co-directed the project.

He says this was even more extensive than their first successful face transplant in 2008. “We actually added a few more blood vessels to make the face transplant more robust. And that took a lot of study, a lot of anatomic studies to prove that this was going to work,” said Papay.

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