Kvyat to race at home F1 GP in Sochi with new helmet design depicting him riding torpedoSport April 27, 21:43
Maria Sharapova gets into quarterfinal of tournament in StuttgartSport April 27, 21:16
Russia, Japan to hold bilateral year of culture in 2018World April 27, 20:49
Angela Merkel’s visit to Moscow – pragmatism above all elseRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 19:18
Japanese businessmen and officials to visit South Kuril Islands in summerWorld April 27, 18:46
Putin, Abe call for quickest restart of talks on Korean settlementRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 18:32
Russian diplomat accuses White Helmets of supporting terrorismRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 17:54
Putin's spokesman warns against attempts to hold unauthorized rallies in MoscowRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 16:43
Russian Foreign Ministry says situation on Korean Peninsula is degradingRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 16:42
MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. A serviceman who suffered electrical burns three years ago has successfully undergone a face transplant operation in Russia's first such procedure, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Friday.
Eighteen hours of surgery took place at St. Petersburg's military medical academy in May this year, making Russia the eighth country to undertake a venture of this kind.
"This is the 32nd operation in the world to transplant face tissues for a person who has suffered disfiguring injuries," the minister said, adding that surgery success was announced only now as medical professionals had to see how the patient’s recovery would proceed.
"Today we can state that the operation was successful," Skvortsova said. The unidentified patient has thanked the surgeons, saying the operation would allow him to continue studying and working. "Due to the operation, I can now walks outdoors, communicate with other people and feel comfortable," he said.
The Defense Ministry has promised to solve the patient’s housing problems and keep monitoring his health in the future.
Face transplant surgery was first conducted in France in 2005 on a woman mauled by her dog.