Frenchman 'with three faces' Jérôme Hamon dies aged 49

Jérôme Hamon, the first man in the world to have undergone two face transplants – in 2010 and 2018 – and who thus had three different faces during his life, has died at the age of 49.

"He was exhausted at the end," Franck Zal, a close family friend and doctor of the Frenchman, told Brittany daily Le Télégramme.

"A week ago I was exchanging text messages with him."

Zal's company developed the technology that made the 2018 transplant possible.

"I want to testify to Jérôme's strength. I was always asking him how he managed to manage it all," he added.

Hamon, who passed away on 16 April, will be laid to rest on Friday in Saint-Thégonnec, Finistère, the region in Brittany where he is from.

Genetic disorder

The 2018 transplant was performed by a team lead by plastic surgeon Laurent Lantieri at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.

Lantieri had also performed Hamon's first total face transplant in 2010.

Hamon suffered from neurofibromatosis type 1 – also known as Von Recklinghausen disease – a genetic disorder that deformed his face.

The first transplant had been a success, as he recounted in the book T'as Vu le Monsieur ? (Have You Seen This Man?) published in April 2015.

Read more on RFI English

Read also:
S. Africa surgeons to reconstruct face of boy attacked by hyena in Zimbabwe
France prioritises bill to boost end-of-life care following citizens’ report
Macron outlines plan to boost efficiency of French research bodies