World-first Skull and Scalp Transplant Gives Texas Man 'new Lease on Life'

A man whose cancer left him with severe damage to the top of the head has received what his doctors in Texas have described as the first skull and scalp transplant. In surgeries that lasted nearly a day, James Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, received a craniofacial tissue transplant at the same time as a kidney and pancreas transplant at Houston Methodist hospital on 22 May. “For this patient, it means a new lease on life,” said Jesse Selber, a reconstructive plastic surgeon who was the co-leader of the team that performed the intricate surgery.