Mumbai: After acid attack victim Preeti Rathi’s death, many victims of such attack have rallied behind a campaign called, “Save The Face”. The campaign was kick-started in February by president of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India Dr Ashok Gupta who has performed 200 surgeries on such victims.

Dr Gupta said, “90% of acid attacks are on face and we cannot undermine the importance of face. Usually patients undergo numerous re-constructive surgeries with proper breaks and complete recovery is not possible. Our objective is to create awareness about face transplant and seek stringent laws for such heinous crimes”.

Currently, Indian medical laws do not allow complete face transplant for acid-attack victims along with skin, fats and muscles. There are various moral and psychological hindrances cited for the same. Dr Gupta added, ” We can donate heart, eyes and other body parts but complete facial transplant is still mired with controversies. It is done on a case basis in Germany and America and we seek to legalize this by 2020 in India as several hospitals in India are capable of performing these corrective surgeries”.

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