A cancer survivor who suffered damage to the top of his head caused by his cancer has become the first person in the world to receive a skull and scalp transplant according to his Houston doctors.
55-year-old software developer form Austin, James Boysen had a craniofacial transplant while also getting as a kidney and pancreas transplant. The operations were carried out aon May 22 at Houston Methodist Hospital. The surgeries lasted nearly a day.
The operation was dubbed as a “new lease on life” by Jesse Selber, reconstructive public surgeon and co-leader of the surgery.
According to Selber: “He had series of cancers of the scalp and skull that were treated with various surgeries and radiation that left him with a large wound that was all the way down to his brain.”
Boysen already had transplants for his kidney and pancreas in the past, but the organs were failing. This time, surgeons did all the transplants from the same donor together because doing so had the best chance of preventing organ and tissue rejection.
Last Thursday, Boysen was released from the hospital and will be staying a few weeks at a residence for those recovering from transplants.
This effort took two years to prepare and plan for along with the cooperation of neurosurgeons, microsurgeons, and reconstructive surgeons, according to the hospital.