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Are face transplants ethical?

Updated on March 21, 2013
Rat Face Transplant (don't really agree with animals being used for these purposes).
Rat Face Transplant (don't really agree with animals being used for these purposes).
Rabbit Face Transplant (opinion as above).
Rabbit Face Transplant (opinion as above).

Having just watched a fascinating documentary on face transplants, I am left with the question of whether or not other people are comfortable with this, or if they feel it is morally wrong.

When the concept first became public a few years ago, I thought it a little controversial, but could also see why it could be so important to someone who desperately needed it due to disfigurement. The programme I watched tonight illustrated just how important it could be to someone who has a family and a life, and who simply wants to be considered as normal as possible.

If it were your relative who had died would you be happy to donate their face for transplant? Would you worry that it may mean a perfect replica of your lost loved one was out there walking the streets, just waiting for you to bump into them and be shocked?

Having watched this documentary I am now far more comfortable with the idea of face transplants. I can see why people would desperately need one, and have also seen that the person ends up looking different to the orginal owner of the face due to their individual bone structures.

God knows, that if I were unlucky enough to suffer horrific burns, or acid in the face, I would do anything to look as normal as possible again, and if I were the donor, I would like to think the face I no longer needed was going to benefit some unfortunate victim of scarring in such a way as to allow them to live a quality life, preferably without being stared at constantly. Okay, the surgery is still in it's infancy, but as the years go on it will improve, and allow other victims to go on to live lives they could otherwise not have hoped for.

Bear Attack After Surgery.
Bear Attack After Surgery.
Bear Attack.
Bear Attack.

So in a day and age where science is advancing at a phenomenal rate, do you think a face transplant is acceptable, or do you find the idea somewhat strange?

Would you prefer us to go back to the days when burns victims had skin from their buttocks transplanted on to their faces?

If you were to die tomorrow, would you be happy to donate your face for anothers' gain?

Would you want to have another person's face transplanted on to you if you were horrifically scarred after an accident?

Please vote in the poll below, as I am genuinely interested to hear your views.

Do you find face transplants acceptable or unacceptable?

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Would you prefer us to go back to having skin transplanted from our buttocks, (or other body parts) to our faces?

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If you died tomorrow would you donate your face for another's gain?

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Would you be happy to receive a donor face if you were badly scarred?

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Nor did I Misha, until I watched the documentary on the subject. Thanks for popping in and voting though :)

    • Misha profile image


      9 years ago from DC Area

      LOL I voted mostly not sure, except for the first poll. I don't really have an opinion on those, did not ever think about such questions :)

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      9 years ago from Dublin, Ireland, Europe, Earth, Universe...

      My opinion? It is acceptable... People like those on the pictures after transplanted face are thankfull for rest of theirs lives for gift like this... i think...

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      9 years ago from Bay Area, CA

      better than nothing, I would say

    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      9 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I agree Rochelle, and thanks for commenting :)

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      From the examples you have shown, i would say it is acceptable, even desireable. I don't think a transplanted face will look the same on another person.


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