Jawless Teenager Set For Face Surgery

An Ulster teenager who was born without a lower jaw and has to breathe through a tube in his throat was set to undergo a marathon operation to have a bone grafted onto his face.

Alan Doherty (17), the first person born without a lower jaw to undergo replacement surgery, is to have a specially crafted part of his hip bone placed into his face.
He told the North West Telegraph today that he was confident the 16-hour operation would be a success.

The bone has been growing in his lower back for the past four months after a transplant operation by some of the world's leading facial surgeons.

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Source: Belfast Telegraph
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