Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Views on Face Transplant Documentary

So I was a bit sketchy bout watching  this documentary at first I have to admit, to be honest, I thought it may have been taking the subject area a bit to far, not to mention the whole ethical side f the subject, but to my surprise, it actually gave more depth to the understanding of what identity is, and how we value it, and to have what was once our own identity taken from us...which in this case focuses on facial accidents, or deformities...


This particular documentary portrays this problematic subject through Isabelle Dinoire


One year on ... Isabelle Dinoire in February, left, three months
after her face transplant, and in a new photo released yesterday.


After suffering from an attack from a dog, most her lower face was torn apart, leaving no tissue....which understandable left more scars emotionally then physically, so much so, she would not go out, and felt uncomfortable, always wear a mask to protect herself..Until the opputunity came when she was allowed to the op...for which she had to wait for a suitable donor that matched the requirements..


After hearing about her story, and how many others in her situation felt, I came to understand that maybe this is a move forward, but only in the right situation, as I can just imagine this operation becoming out of control, to the point where it becomes mainstream and people are doing it just like plastic surgery, which is completely irrevelant to it's origin... 


There's just some ethics that I have to agree with, for instance, walking down the road with a section of someone's dead face apart of your own, as well as it belonging to someone, what kind of identity belonged to the person, and wether it would be carried into your life, perhaps even walking past a loved one of the previous owner, but as far as the persons concerned, that's given them a new chance at life, or to become the person they once was, which is more then anyone can ever justified a reason to use this operation...


Fully aware that the documentary may have had a biased take towards for the operation, it failed to give in detail what kind of after-effect it had on the patient, like in some cases, for instances, the guy who received the donor 
hand, which rejected only after two years...after taking many inhibitors to reduce the rejection....


Personally speaking, I really do think that this documentary has given me a deeper understanding of what it is to own an identity, and that there ares some very brave people out there who go through so much because of the way they look, effecting there everyday lives, which just goes to show how easily it can be taken from us, as well as how much us, as a society, we take visual appearance for granted, and how we want to reform to the norm if you will...





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