There was applause for the Frenchwoman who had the world’s first partial face transplant as she faced the press for the first time. Isabelle Dinoire says she wants to resume a normal life. The 38-year-old’s face was gnawed away by her pet Labrador dog. “When I woke up I tried to light a cigarette and I couldn’t understand why it wouldn’t hold on my lips. It was then that I saw the sea of blood and my dog next to me,” she explained of the horrific moments after the accident.
Dinoire says that while she waited for the new chin, lips and nose her life was very tough. “Every day when I went out with my daughters I had to put up with people staring at me and seeing my reflection. I now understand people with disabilities, of whatever kind,” she said.
Dinoire thanked the family of the woman whose tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were used to rebuild her face: “Despite their sadness, their mourning, they agreed to give a second life to people in distress. Thanks to them a door to the future has opened to me and others.”