Tuesday, December 16, 2008

1st American face transplant

The Washington Post reported today on an operation in Ohio where surgeons replaced 80% of a woman's face with that of a dead female donor.

From the article, "such transplants are controversial because they are aimed at improving a patient's quality of life rather than saving it". Although some Christian denominations such as Christian Scientists take an extreme position of all medical procedures, the topic of cosmetic surgery often falls in the "grey" area. But, from a purely Christian perspective, there is nothing in the Bible to indicate that plastic surgery in and of itself is wrong.

So far in all cases of face transplants, there was serious damage that was affecting the day-to-day life of the individual. However, as the Washington Post article indicated, what is more of more concern in these procedures is post-operative depression and guilt that could truly damage a person's spiritual and mental health. Our directive in these cases are quite simply to pray for the sick and their loved ones that they may all find comfort in the Lord.

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