Monday, December 01, 2008


A BEAGLE is unveiled to the world — with a quarter of its face transplanted from ANOTHER dog. The mutt, seen just before the op with the donor hound on the right, got new skin, an ear and eyelids. Sadly it meant his pal had to die.

The pet called Wing Wen was said to be doing well in Fuzhou, China — helping human face graft research. The op produced the world's first ever patchwork dog and was carried out two years ago. Zhen Shengwu, chief plastic surgeon at the Fujian Provincial Hospital in Fuzhou, is now hoping to attract rich westerners for face change surgery.

Zhen said: "Wing is mentally and physically healthy after the surgery which was a great success." He added: "Wing Wen recovered quickly and most observers would think the dog was born with a mixed-coloured face. But you can see the difference from the ears.

"Wen’s original ear on the right side hangs down, while the new ear on the other side stands up."
Zhen said Wing Wen’s eyes resumed full function six months after surgery. "At the time if you put your finger close to his left eye, he would blink or close it.

"That means the nerves on the transplanted face are working well." Zhen said his surgery was the first surgery of its kind on a dog. "Since a dog’s face is close to a human’s, it’s a good reference for future human face transplants." He added: "To some patients whose faces were greatly damaged because of burning, car accidents, animal attacks or tumours, face-changing surgery can greatly improve their quality of life. So it’s worthwhile to advertise it with examples like this."


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