THE FIRST FULL FACE TRANSPLANT IN TURKEY
The first full face transplant was performed at Akdeniz University in 2012. Prof. Dr. Ömer Özkan from Akdeniz University and his team performed the surgery, and face of Ahmet Kaya who had committed suicide in Uşak, was transferred to Uğur Acar whose face had been completely burnt. With an operation that was widely covered by Turkish and world press, the face was transplanted to Uğur Acar who lived in Gebece village of Manavgat district and whose face had been completely burnt as a result of a fire that broke out in their home when he was 40 days old. Acar was sleeping in his cradle when a blanket that caught fire fell on him. Turkey's first face transplant patient Acar currently has 95 percent of face functions as well as making gestures and facial expressions. The second operation was successfully performed at Hacettepe University.