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Pat Sullivan, Associated Press
In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, James Boysen reads messages in his hospital bed at Houston Methodist Hospital, in Houston. Boysen received the world's first skull and scalp transplant to help heal a large head wound from cancer treatment.

Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22.

The recipient is Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas. Radiation treatments for a rare cancer left him with an open wound in his head that would not heal. Along with the scalp and skull, he received a new pancreas and kidney to treat lifelong diabetes.

Boysen expects to leave the hospital Thursday.