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Isabelle Dinoire, the first person to receive a face transplant, has died


The first woman ever to receive a partial face transplant, Isabelle Dinoire, has died.

Dinoire, who was French, was badly injured when her dog mauled her in her sleep in 2005. To restore her face, she received a nose, chin and mouth, a major milestone in the medical community.

And though her doctors said the procedure was successful, Dinoire’s body struggled to accept the new donor parts. Experts say she died, at age 49, because of the powerful immunosuppressant drugs she’d been taking, which may have caused two different kinds of cancer.

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Isabelle Dinoire, the first person to receive a face transplant, has died

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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