Fourth face-transplant patient learns to laugh
ANTALYA - Hürriyet Daily News
DHA photoTurkey’s fourth face-transplant recipient Turhan Çolak will be able to laugh within two months through an electroshock method applied to his facial muscles, according to his doctors.
Çolak started physiotherapy to work his facial muscles 93 days after his surgery. His therapy will continue until the end of the year at Mediterranean University, doctors said.
Çolak’s face was damaged in a household accident when he was 3 years old. He underwent face-transplant surgery May 16 at Akdeniz University hospital in the Mediterranean province of Antalya.
“I am feeling so good right now. The doctors said that I could use my facial muscles in two months at most. After therapy, I want to laugh,” Çolak said.
“There is no negative aspect in Turhan Çolak’s therapy process. He will be able to laugh within two months,” Dr. Ömer Özkan from Akdeniz University’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery said.