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Face transplant patient leaves hospital

February 7, 2009

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— She can eat pizza. And hamburgers. She can smell perfume, drink coffee from a cup, and purse her lips as if to blow a kiss.

Except that one lip is hers, and the other is from a dead woman. She is the nation’s first face transplant patient, and on Thursday night, she went home from a Cleveland hospital.

“I’m happy about myself,” she told her doctors.

“She accepted her new face,” said Dr. Maria Siemionow, the Cleveland Clinic reconstructive surgeon who led the historic operation in early December.

The woman’s identity has not been revealed, and hospital officials won’t say where she went.

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