Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cheney's Contribution To Medical Progress

First, there was a successful face transplant in France, and now, the United States of America has been cleared to perform a face transplant.  
U.S. Cleared to Choose Face Transplant Patient
Some Doctors Question Ethics of Procedure, but All Agree Surgical Success Is Just the Beginning
By MARTIN BASHIR Feb. 6, 2006 —  On this occasion, the French appear to have won the clinical contest — albeit partially. In the city of Amiens today, doctors presented 38-year-old Isabelle Dinoire to the media as the world's first beneficiary of a face transplant. It was an historic moment in the history of medical procedures, and the French doctors could not conceal their delight at the achievement.  [...]

U.S. Team Given Clearance to Perform Surgery

Here in the United States, there are medical centers where elite surgeons can now perform precisely the same operation as was done in France. In San Francisco, Houston, Louisville, Ky., and Cleveland microsurgery specialists have all the skills needed to do so. [...]
All we need is a donor, and a recipient.  And now, thanks to Dick Cheney, we have a recipient:
Dick Cheney shoots hunter in the face with pellet gun
By Thair Shaikh
Published: 13 February 2006

Dick Cheney, the US Vice-President, accidentally shot a man in the face with a shotgun while hunting for quail on a Texas ranch.

Mr Cheney, 65, sprayed birdshot into Harry Whittington, a fellow hunter, while trying to hit a flock of quail on Saturday afternoon. Mr Whittington, 78, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital where he was treated for pellet wounds to the right side of his face, neck and chest.
So Dick Cheney does his part to advance medical progress in the USA, to help up catch up with the French!  Perhaps he'll get another award, like the one he got from the NRA:

Of course, based upon this incident, one might think it to be unwise to go hunting with someone who was a draft-dodger.  At least John Kerry knows how to hit what he's shooting at.

And perhaps Cheney will rethink his position on gun control.