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Polish man receives quick face transplant

Just three weeks following a workplace accident, 33-year-old Polish man has undergone a face transplant  in what his doctors said Wednesday is the fastest time frame to date for such an operation. The procedure was Poland’s first face transplant.

Face transplants are remarkably hard and relatively rare procedures that often need long preparation of the recipient over a period of months or years. However, medical officials said the Polish patient’s condition was deteriorating so quickly that a transplant  the only way to be able to save hima. The patient is currently under observation for any possible infections.

In a photo snapped Tuesday, after six days from the procedure, the patient, who was only identified  by his first name, Grzegorz, appeared to be giving a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed.

The accident happened in April 23  at his job at a stone mason’s workshop along  the southwestern city of Wroclaw when a machine utilized  to cut stone ripped off most of his face and crushed his upper jaw.