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New York City’s St. Barnabas Hospital is set to open a new facility on Friday, where it will be the first in the country to offer hair transplant surgery.
The facility will operate as an “end-of-life” hair transplant facility, according to the New York Daily News.
It will also offer a full range of cosmetic surgery, hair restoration, and hair extensions.
The New York Post reported that St. Gabriel’s was founded by a group of patients who had lost their hair due to the disease, which kills approximately 80,000 Americans each year.
“I thought I’d go see my friends for the first time since my last transplant,” St. Gabans founder and executive director of hair transplant operations, Eric Wachs, told the newspaper.
“It was so strange, so different.”
Wachs told the Post that he’s hopeful that the new facility will be able to provide hair transplants to patients with permanent hair loss.
“People with this disease are a special group of people,” he said.
“They deserve a better life than we’ve seen.”
New York City has been battling the disease for years.
The city has seen an average of 10,000 new cases per month over the last five years, according the New Yorker.
The city has not had a transplant facility open in over two decades, and its only other hair transplant center, the New Haven Hospital for Women, closed in 2003 after nearly three decades.