4. Reattachment of Face After Threshing Machine Accident
This one is listed by Guinness as the first ever successful full-face replant or the reattachment of a detached face. The operation was performed on 9-year-old Sandeep Kaur of India in 1994 after one of her pigtails had been caught in a threshing machine as she was working on the family farm in northern India. The accident horrifyingly caused Sandeep’s whole face to be scraped off, but the girl’s mother wisely put the detached skin into a plastic bag , then traveled three hours to bring her daughter to Christian Medical College hospital. There, Dr. Abraham Thomas performed a 10-hour procedure that reconnected blood vessels and nerves on the patient’s facial skin to her head. The operation was a great success, and as of 2005, Sandeep was studying to become a nurse.