The Associated Press | San Francisco Examiner | Lisa Rathke
Carmen Tarleton, who was blinded in one eye and has limited vision in the other, said she hopes to be able to blink again. She wants to be able to breathe through both sides of her nose and eat normally. And she longs for the pain in her neck from the scarring to be relieved.
"I can't do those kind of everyday type of things that we all take for granted. I did, I definitely did," Tarleton, 43, said Tuesday.
Tarleton's transplant would be done at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The hospital has done three full transplants this year, including on Charla Nash, a Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee gone berserk.
At least 18 face transplants have been performed around the world, said Dr. Maria Siemionow of the Cleveland Clinic.
Tarleton, who has two daughters, had to undergo weekly tests at the Boston hospital to determine if she was eligible for the procedure. They included physical tests, MRIs, evaluation by psychiatrists, blood and tissue tests, and appointments with physical, speech and other therapists.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/health/2011/11/vt-lye-attack-victim-approved-face-transplant#ixzz1fG7Fz4C4