James Boysen 55 is the world's first skull and scalp transplant recipient

James Boysen 55 is the world's first skull and scalp transplant recipient

In this photo taken on Wednesday transplant patient Jim Boysen sits in his hospital bed at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston. Texas doctors say they have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant to help Boysen with a large head wound from cancer treatment. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday, June 4 that they did the operation on May 22 at Houston Methodist.

Texas doctors say they have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22 at Houston Methodist.

The recipient — Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas — expects to leave the hospital Thursday with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts. He said he was stunned at how well doctors matched him to a donor with similar skin and coloring.

“It’s kind of shocking, really, how good they got it. I will have way more hair than when I was 21,” Boysen joked in an interview with The Associated Press.

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