Richard Lee NorrisRichard Lee Norris was injured in a gun accident that left him without his lips and nose and with very limited use of his mouth in 1997. Fifteen years later, he’s shaving and brushing his teeth again thanks to a full face transplant. Over 150 nurses and doctors worked for 36 hours to transplant a face, tongue and teeth onto Norris. Norris is the first face transplant recipient to receive a jaw as well, which doctors say will help reduce the amount of immune-system repressing drugs needed.
Eurozone Feb Industrial Orders Fall At Record Pace
Industrial new orders to the euro area fell at a record annual pace in February, reflecting a fall in the global demand.
Data released by the Eurostat showed that new orders dropped 34.5% year-on-year in February after falling a revised 34.3% in January. Economists had expected a fall of 34.8% for February. New orders fell for the seventh straight month and the February decline was the largest since the data series began in 1996.
New orders for non-durable consumer goods fell 11.1% and that for durable consumer goods declined 24.2%. Intermediate goods decreased 37.2% and capital goods dropped 38.4%.
On a monthly basis, order intakes fell 0.6%, at a slower pace than a revised 2% contraction seen in January, while the consensus forecast was for a bigger decline of 2.2%.
In the EU27, new orders fell 1.4% month-on-month in February and plunged 33.3% over the previous year.
The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said in its latest world economic outlook that the euro area is set to contract 4.2% in 2009 and 0.4% in 2010.
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EUR/USD: Euro declines further, approaching 1.2985 level
FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Rejection at 1.3088 fresh intra-week high has triggered weakness on the Euro and the pair, below 1.3035 level approaches next support level at 1.2880 ahead of Wall Street opening.
The Euro trades around 1.3010, dropping most of the gains posted on its rally to 1.3088; with next support level at 1.2985 on sight. If the Euro breaks below there, next support levels could come at 1.2950 and 1.2920.
On the upside, recovery from current levels could find resistance at 1.3035/50 area and if above here, the Euro would be on its path towards intra-week high at 1.3088.
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Li GuoxingLi Guoxing received a new cheek, nose and upper lip in 2006 after being mauled by a black bear while defending his sheep. Though he was initially doing well, Guoxing died in 2008 after he stopped taking his immune-system repressing drugs and began using herbal remedies.
Isabelle DinoireIsabella Dinoire was mauled by her dog in 2005 and received the first face transplant to restore her nose, lips, chin and cheek. While she will be on immune-system repressing drugs for the rest of her life, she has experienced minimal side effects and doctors consider her surgery a success.
Before 2005, surgeries to improve facial disfigurement relied on skin grafts from patients or cadavers. Now face transplants are becoming more common that can include not only the skin, but jaw bones and teeth.
On March 19, Richard Lee Norris, 37, became the world's 23rd facial transplant recipient. A gun accident in 1997 left Norris lipless and noseless. After 36 hours of surgery, he received a face from the hair line to the neck plus upper and lower jaws. A week into his recovery, Norris started to shave and brush his teeth.
Transplant recipients face the risk of immune rejection and must remain on immune-system suppressing drugs for the rest of their lives. The surgery is able to help people disfigured by accidents, diseases or attacks regain some of their old self, according to reports. Here are some before and after pictures of people who have received either full or partial face transplants.