Woman who received world's first face transplant dies at age 49

In 2005, Isabelle Dinoire received the world's first face transplant after losing her nose, chin, and lips to an attack by a dog, reports The Guardian.

According to Gizmodo, it was announced on Tuesday that Dinoire, 49, passed away on April 22.

The cause was unspecified, though it was revealed she had been ill for some time.

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Amiens, FRANCE: Isabelle Dinoire, the woman who received the world's first facial face transplant last November in Amiens, northern France, holds a press conference 06 February 2006 at this town's hospital. French surgeons said they faced tough ethical questions when they performed the world's first partial face transplant on a 38-year-old woman, but decided to go ahead because it was the only way to help the patient. AFP PHOTO DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
AMIENS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: In this handout image supplied by CHU Amiens, Isabelle Dinoire, 39, poses for a portrait on November 21, 2006 in Amiens, France. The portrait was taken one year on after the surgical operation in which Dinoire was the recipient of the world's first partial face transplant, performed by the combined CHU Amiens and Lyon Hospital team. French surgeons stated that they considered the procedure to have been a success both aesthitically and medically as Dinoire's facial functions continue to improve. (Photo by CHU Amiens via Getty Images)

While the initial procedure was largely successful, the French woman did struggle with issues involving tissue rejection and the medications prescribed to diminish the risk of such an occurrence.

The drugs put her at a high cancer risk level, and she had reportedly developed two different kinds.

The transplant she underwent over a decade ago was groundbreaking, and in the years since, more than 30 similar procedures have been performed.

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