A man who lost most of his jaws after a brutal wolf attack when he was an 11-year-old boy will finally get a face transplant, Guizhou Province, China.
A 65-year-old Wu Xiuyou was a little boy when the predator attacked him
A 65-year-old Wu Xiuyou was a little boy when the predator attacked the child ripping off his mouth. Severely disfigured boy can not eat solid food, he didn't go to school, has never had a job and still is a bachelor.
Mr Xiuyou will get a face transplant with missing face muscles and lips
Now, 54 years later, Mr Xiuyou will get a face transplant with missing face muscles and lips. The reconstructive surgery is expected to take 10 hours, and 20 physicians from 10 departments. The second operation to reconstruct Mr Wu's teeth will be carried only six months later after the initial.
A surgery is expected to take 10 hours, and 20 physicians from 10 departments
Doctor Chen Fei, who will carry out the plastic surgery, said: "The patient's mouth is all missing; the jaws are distorted. It'll be the most challenging surgery I've ever done in the past 15 years.
The surgery will reconstruct his upper and lower lips and his missing face muscles. We'll take two musculocutaneous flaps from his legs, and transplant them on to his face after tailoring them. It involves a lot of nerve and vessel sutures."