US surgeons are interviewing people to create a shortlist of patients hoping to be the one to receive the world’s first face transplant.

Doctors in the US have already carried out the procedure on bodies donated for medical research.

Now the Cleveland Clinic team will choose a patient whose face is disfigured to receive a “new” face from a dead donor.

The chance it will work is around 50% and experts have expressed safety and ethical concerns about the procedure.

The recipient would have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs for life, which carry considerable long-term health risks, says the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which formed a working party to look at the issue earlier this year.

Also, it is not known how well an individual and their loved ones would adapt psychologically to a completely new face.

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