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UPDATED: 17:30, December 27, 2005
11-year-old Chinese girl may undergo face transplant
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Liu Fangyuan, an 11-year-old girl, has had to live encapsulated life for three years. When she was nine years old, her aunt splashed a bottle of vitriol liquor into her face in revenge for losing the lawsuit with the girl's father for a housing dispute.

The only hope for her now is a facial transplant. She said she would rather die from the surgery than committed suicide one day in autism.

This means she will likely become the first in China to have the surgery for a new face. A research team at the General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command has started an experiment program on the facial surgery. Hong Zhijian, the team leader, said their technologies were mature and the first operation would probably be made on Liu Fangyuan.

Hong believes there is hardly any risk of life even if the operation fails. There has been no example of endangered life among the 20-plus similar operations in the world. The worst result is that the patient's burned face will remain. He assured that the patient would be informed fully of the possible risks and take their own choice.

By People's Daily Online

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