Gut Rumbles

September 18, 2005

like something out of a stephen king novel

Is this kinda weird, or what? If I were horribly disfigured in an accident, I might opt for ANYTHING that kept me from being hideous for the rest of my life.

But if this technique works, how long will it be before people start using it to restore their appearance of youth or simply make themselves more attractive?

I dunno. I can't argue that anybody with the money shouldn't be allowed to buy a new face, but I become grossed out by the idea. If you LOSE your face, that's one thing. But if you simply grow tired of the way you look, that's something else.

What's next? People who are going to die shortly start auctioning off their faces on e-Bay?


Well, I think if it is a case of an accident which leaves the person disfigured for life and the person is willing to try it, then they should go for it. I think if they can do it and are successful, they should offer it as an option for the most severe cases. I'm actually surprised they got it through to this point, ethics can be a bitch to get through...

Posted by: Lisa on September 18, 2005 07:27 AM

Ethics. Anyone seriously considering this has none.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Much as I feel sympathy for those disfigured by trauma, the solution is not in transplanting the face of a cadaver to a living human.

This is right up there with cloning humans. Just wrong, on so many levels.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on September 18, 2005 08:57 AM

WRONG? Why? Would I do it? I don't know because I cannot make that kind of judgement until I am faced with it-pun intended. But I will not make a judgement on others who want the opportunity to FACE the public everyday except Halloween without drawing statres and snide comments from the unfeeling who think that it is wrong to want to put on a new FACE.

Posted by: GUYK on September 18, 2005 09:42 AM

I haven't made up my mind yet on the right or wrong of it, but it sure is creepy.

Posted by: James Hooker, Ace of aces on September 18, 2005 10:29 AM

It seems like a really risky thing. I mean, what if the new face rejects like transplanted organs sometimes do? Would it fall off??
I saw that movie "Face/Off" and of course that operation went perfectly. But that was a movie. I don't think that honestly I'd want to be walking around with someone else's face.

Posted by: UziQ on September 18, 2005 10:44 AM

This girl can benefit greatly with a new face, but right now, she is using her likeness for a noble cause.

Posted by: Galestorm on September 18, 2005 11:18 AM

Personally, I don't think I would do it even if I was horribly disfigured. But then, I don't believe in organ transplants either. Taking parts from dead humans and transplanting them to live humans has always smacked of playing God to me. On the other hand, I don't force my beliefs on anyone either. I think this is no different than an organ transplant. If a person really needs it to improve their physical or mental health, then who are we to say no as long as the patient and all the patient's doctors are in agreement that it is necessary and know all the risks going in. What I think would be totally wrong is if this were used for purely cosmetic purposes to assuage someone's vanity like the plastic surgery chop shops we have going today.

Posted by: assrot on September 18, 2005 11:41 AM

How is this worse than any other form of cosmetic surgery? And unless you object to organ transplants on general principles (some do), how is this worse than harvesting a liver or a kidney?

The whole thing has a massive Ick Factor, I'll grant you. But once you get past that, what's the real moral issue?

Posted by: John Stephens on September 18, 2005 05:53 PM

It takes a willing donor and a willing recipient. If both are in place, why not?

The technology is in its very infancy, so the likelihood that some movie star's kin will be able to donate his or her face to the highest paying schmuck is about nil. But for people with severe disfigurements, this may be their ticket to being treated normally, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

And don't forget, the possibility of rejection is very high. The need has to be really great in order to take such a great risk.

I signed an organ donor card a long time ago, and I don't really care which bits are used and which ones aren't, as long as people get what they need.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on September 20, 2005 05:12 PM
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