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When the hair of a man’s head is transplanted onto a woman’s scalp, it’s an extraordinary case of the impossible: hair transplants, often performed on babies with special needs, can be risky, expensive and extremely rare.
And so it is that the hair transplanted on a newborn in New Jersey was transplanted to a newborn born with Down syndrome in California, where there is a shortage of the transplantable gene therapy that helps make Down syndrome less common.
The transplants began when New York-based hair transplant company Gutex started out by making hair transpluses on newborns with Down’s syndrome and other genetic conditions.
But, the company soon realized it needed a bigger donor, so it turned to the family of a woman with Down Syndrome.
The family, who is now the subject of a documentary called Born Without a Head, wanted to donate their hair, and Gutex said it would donate the transplants to a girl in a different state who had Down syndrome.
Guteex eventually agreed to donate the baby’s scalp to the woman in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who was born without a head.
The New Brunswick woman, who goes by the nickname of Nia, is now 15.
After a week in the hospital, the girl with Down had her scalp transplanted and she is now 5.
Nia said that while the surgery was very painful, she still has some control over her appearance and that the new face is a lot better than the original.
“The baby girl has changed her life,” Nia told ABC News in New Zealand.
“It was just a miracle.
It’s a very emotional moment, but I’m very proud of myself and my parents.”
In an interview with ABC News, Nia said her parents were grateful for the transplant.
“When we had a son we felt we needed to give him the same opportunity that we have,” she said.
Now, Nias parents have two daughters, ages 4 and 7, and one son, who lives in Canada.
The New Jersey woman’s family said that they are now waiting for the results of a gene test to determine whether she will have a second chance at having her scalp transplant.