The story Isabelle Dinoire, who made headlines last week as the world's first face transplant recipient, is perhaps the strangest I have heard in some time. Donor for world's first face transplant had hanged herself
The donor whose features were used for the world's first face transplant had committed suicide just hours before the operation.
As Isabelle Dinoire, 38, the recipient mauled by her pet labrador, was eating strawberries and chocolate yesterday following the operation, it emerged that the source of her new nose, lips and chin had hanged herself.
The woman, also 38, was brain dead when she arrived at a hospital in Lille last weekend, at which point preparations for the groundbreaking surgery began.
Her family gave consent for the operation.
Ms Dinoire was given her new start in a 15-hour procedure that ended on Monday morning. Speaking yesterday for the first time since the operation, she said: "I am very grateful to this woman. I thank her family for giving their permission for this operation. I thank them from the bottom of my heart."
She had suffered her appalling injuries after she lost consciousness following an overdose of sleeping tablets, which she has now confirmed was an attempt on her own life. Her dog, which has been destroyed, is thought to have been trying to revive her.
Let's recap, shall we?
1. A woman tries to kill herself but fails.
2. Her dog tries to save her and succeeds.
3. Another woman tries to kill herself and succeeds.
4. The second woman's face is transplanted onto the first one.
5. The dog is killed for his efforts.