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Chin transplant man to find out if he needs to undergo more surgery

By Brendan McDaid

An Ulster man who was the first person in the world to receive a chin transplant will find out tomorrow if he is to undergo further surgery.

Alan Doherty (21) from Letterkenny in Donegal is recovering from his latest operation on Monday to prevent his lower lip from drooping.

The Celtic FC fan was born with an extremely rare maxillofacial disorder which means he has no lower chin and has to breathe through a tube in his throat.

Alan, who communicates through a Light Writer keyboard because he cannot speak, has gone through a serious of complicated operations since 2007.

He received worldwide attention and appeared on mainstream American TV as it emerged the surgery he was undergoing had never been attempted before.

Paul McBride, who set up the Friends of Alan Doherty charity, said Alan is expected to remain at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for a few weeks.

He will meet tomorrow with surgeons to discuss whether further operations will take place to correct problems with his new jaw due to infection.

Mr McBride said: “There has been a lot of work done, apart from his chin, to create a new mouth. The lower lip was hanging down and they hope to make it more natural looking.”

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