World's second face transplant patient dies

January 6, 2009

World report - The Chinese farmer, Li Guoxing, who received a partial face transplant in 2006 has died at age 32, according to Chinese state-run media. The cause of death is unknown, but The Earth Times reports that Mr. Guoxing had recently refused to continue taking immunosuppressive drugs.

World report

- The Chinese farmer, Li Guoxing, who received a partial face transplant in 2006 has died at age 32, according to Chinese state-run media. The cause of death is unknown, but The Earth Times reports that Mr. Guoxing had recently refused to continue taking immunosuppressive drugs.

Mr. Guoxing was 30 years old when he received a partial face transplant, after a black bear mauled him when he tried to chase it was from his cows. A team of 15 doctors and three nurses gave him a new cheek, upper lip, nose and eyebrow from a single male donor in a 14-hour operation.