- Years before, Sandeep Kaur face ripped off from a thresher machine, and she was the first to undergo a facial transplant.
- A face transplant relies on an external donor.
- Sandeep Kaur face replant uses the skin and grafts from the person undergoing the procedure.
- A face replants a procedure that reconnects the blood vessels, bones, nerves, muscles, and different support structures to the skin of a person damaged in a mishap.
- The damaged skin is first stored in ice and kept aside.
- The eight cranial and 14 facial bones are shifted to specific positions if they hurt.
- A surgical microscope then connects other 17 major facial arteries and seven primary veins to begin the blood circulation.
- Finally, the 40 facial muscles are related, and the skin sutures back on. If the skin is severely damaged, grafts of the patient’s back, buttocks, thighs, or chest are used.
- The complex eyelids and mouth are the toughest to replant and involve complications.
- There is a considerable risk of a clot blocking the blood supply to the newly sewn face and killing the replanted tissues.
- A series of reconstructive surgeries are after the first operation, and it takes between 2 and 10 hours.
- The world’s first partial face transplant on a living human carries out in France on November 27, 2005.
- Isabelle Dinoire underwent this surgery to replace her original face, which her dog had mauled.
- On March 20, 2010, a good team of 30 Spanish doctors carried out the world’s first full-face transplant on a man injured in a shooting accident.
- Sometime towards the end of month July, Sandeep Kaur becomes a mother.
- Twenty-one years after the NYU School of Medicine calls “the world’s first full-face operation,” came bleeding to Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College and Hospital with her face in two pieces.
- She will wheel into the hospital for her first crucial medical procedure that wouldn’t involve her face.
- Dr. Abraham Thomas cannot be in the room, but he is unlikely to be far away.
- Story of a simple girl, a doctor, and a 21-year association to gain her old face and a new life
- It is the scream that Sandeep remembers more vividly.
- And it was not even hers in a July afternoon in their Chak Shekhupura Khurd village in Malerkotla, muggy and quiet.
- June 1994 had been sweltering, and the temperature had just started falling.
- The only sound on the day on July 23, Saturday, was that of the thresher machine.
- She is kept in the open area of the house, next to the nine-year-old and her cousin sat, cutting grass.
- Sandeep is very proud of how well she operated the manual handle starter controlling the thresher’s speed.
- Firstly, around 3.30 pm, her attention slips for a moment.
- Secondly, there is a sudden pull of air pressure and a tug.
- Long pigtails getting swept into the motor of the thresher
- As the machine pulled their head back, taking just a few seconds for the skin of her face and scalp to tear off and come apart in two pieces.
- “I stood up. I have no idea what had happened.
- Also, feeling no pain at all, and my face gets numb,” Sandeep remembers.
- “I walked towards my mother, having her back towards me. Tapping her on the shoulder, I asked, ‘Mumma, what’s happened to me?’
- Also, she turned, saw my bleeding face with no skin, and screamed aloud.”
- However, within minutes, almost the entire village had gathered.
- Sandeep’s father, Sudagar Singh, who worked in the Irrigation Department then, was away at the office, having been summoned for some urgent work on his day off.
- Mumma was dazed. She didn’t know what to do.
- Also, neighbor wrapped my face in a sheet, while the village’s rural medical practitioner, Harjinder Singh.
- They rushed me to Malerkotla Civil Hospital, a 15-minute drive, in his jeep,” Sandeep says.