Bohdan Pomahač led the team that carried out the first ever full transplant of a human face in the United States. The Boston-based plastic surgeon recently received the Gratias Agit award from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. After the ceremony, I spoke to the famous physician about various aspects of facial transplantation – and much more.
Dozens of Czech women have failed in an attempt to claim compensation from a German company which supplied the silicon for breast implants which were later found to be flawed. An initial court hearing in France held out the prospect that damages could be claimed from the German firm which supplied the implants to the French company at the centre of a scandal which broke out in 2011. The complainants argued the producer had failed to check how the silicon was being used. But an appeal court reversed that ruling. Radek Novotný, acting for dozens of Czech women who received the faulty implants, said a further appeal to the Supreme Court is now being considered.
Prague’s Bulovka hospital will start re-operating patients with PIP breast implants this Saturday. The hospital said that in order to meet demand from patients who wanted a change of implants as soon as possible it was scheduling re-op breast surgery for Saturdays throughout the months of March and April. The first five patients are scheduled for surgery this weekend. An estimated 2,000 Czech women received the risky PIP implants. While insurance companies have said they will cover the cost of surgery for women who underwent the operation for health reasons, those who did so for aesthetic reasons will have to pay for it themselves.
Czech women with silicone breast implants manufactured by a French firm accused of using unapproved industrial-grade material should have them replaced, a Health Ministry spokesman said on Friday. The recommendation follows a consultative meeting of a commission of experts who met to weigh up the risks. Women who refuse to undergo repeat surgery have been advised to have regular check-ups. It is not yet clear who will finance the operations, though the country’s largest health insurer VZP said Thursday it would cover the cost of repeat surgery for all women who undertook it for health reasons. An estimated 2,000 Czech women received the risky implants.
Czech health institutions say they are getting dozens of concerned calls from women with silicone breast implants who fear they may be at health risk in connection with the scandal surrounding faulty French implants exported to 65 countries worldwide. It has been confirmed that around 2,000 of the risky industrial-grade silicone implants were delivered to Czech clinics between 2007 and 2010 when the scandal surfaced. Some clients are already demanding repeat surgery whether or not their doctors advise it.
The State Institute for Drug Control has called on Czech women who received breast implants made by French manufacturer PIP to undergo medical examination, the news site idnes has reported. The implants by PIP are suspected of being potentially carcinogenic and are reportedly more likely to split and leak than other kinds. Despite the scare, the Czech State Institute for Drug Control has not registered any serious cases thus far. At least one plastic surgeon said that the implants had been used successfully in the Czech Republic for several years. The brand implants were exported to 65 countries worldwide.
The faulty French breast implants suspected of being potentially carcinogenic were exported to 65 countries including the Czech Republic. The implants are also more likely to split and leak than other kinds. It is expected that the French government will announce a recall of the implants, which will involve tens of thousands of recipients being called in for surgery. It is not yet clear how many Czech women –and foreign patients who underwent surgery at Czech clinics- this may concern. The French authorities are expected to issue a statement on Friday.
Eight Polish nationals were injured on Friday night when their driver lost control of their mini-van on a highway between Olomouc and Ostrava and went off a 15 metre cliff. Emergency crew members worked to free one of the men from the vehicle, which had overturned on its roof; the others were able to get out by themselves. All eight were transferred to hospital and treated for injuries – some of them serious. Concussions are suspected and one person who had suffered extensive facial injuries underwent surgery. Traffic on the section of highway where the accident took place was temporarily affected.
In this week’s Magazine find out how a modern art exhibit shocked newly-weds in Pardubice; a growing number of Czechs are lining up for cosmetic surgery; Czech gym teachers decry the poor level of physical fitness among kids at the start of the new year. And, why couldn’t he just collect stamps? A Czech collector boasts a grand collection of historic enema kits.
Around a month ago I was sitting in a café on Manesova Street, near the centre of Prague, when in walked a small blonde woman of about 40 and sat down at the table beside me. One doesn't like to stare of course, but she appeared to have two black eyes covered with slender strips of plaster. Minutes later another woman, a brunette, walked in wearing big, dark sunglasses and with a bandage on her nose. They both spoke with broad Geordie accents and I couldn't help but wonder about them. Were they friends united in misery who had escaped violent partners