The seventh face transplant to be performed in Turkey, on 21-year-old Recep Kaya, has been called off on the grounds that the donor's skin color does not match Kaya's. Kaya, who resides in Kırıkkale, had been severely injured after being hit by a stray bullet from a rifle fired at his elder brother's wedding. He lost much of his facial tissue and was badly deformed. Even after various operations his face could not be restored to its previous state.
On Tuesday, Kaya was offered a glimmer of hope when he received a call from the Akdeniz University Hospital organ transplant coordinator saying that they had found a donor and that he had to come to Antalya urgently to undergo surgery. On his way to the airport to catch an 8:30 p.m. fight to Antalya, he received another call which devastated him. The official calling from the university hospital told him on the phone that the face transplant could not be performed on him since the skin color of the donor was not a match.
Reportedly, the officials at the hospital said that a face transplant is not possible to perform if skin colors don't match. In addition to matching a donor to a recipient based on tissue and blood tests, selecting a donor for a face transplant must also involve matching skin color, skin tone, gender, ethnicity/race and the size of the face according to composite tissue transplant rules.
The donor was a 24-year-old black English citizen, Dean Anderson, whose brain death occurred in the İzmir Medical Park Hospital after undergoing treatment in an intensive care unit for six days. Anderson, who had been on vacation in Bodrum, reportedly went to hospital suffering from severe headaches and died following three brain hemorrhages.
CihanLast Mod: 26 Eylül 2013, 09:09