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Nation's first face transplant done in Cleveland

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(AP) - The Cleveland Clinic says it has done the nation's first almost total face transplant.

A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that the operation was done a couple weeks ago. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow (SIM'-en-now) replaced 80 percent of a woman's face with that of a dead female donor.

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The patient's name and age were not released.

It is the first such transplant in the United States. The world's first occurred in France three years ago on a woman who had been mauled by her dog. Two others have been announced since then -- a Chinese farmer attacked by a bear and a European man disfigured by a genetic condition.

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