Woman who received the first facial transplant survived …

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Connie Culp, a 57-year-old woman who was the first to receive a facial transplant in the US, died in a Cleveland hospital. “She was an incredibly brave woman. She was the longest living patient after a facial transplant to date, ”said her doctor.

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Culp was seriously injured when her husband shot her up close in 2004. He also tried to kill himself, but failed. The situation was very serious for Connie: she lost her nose, jaws, palate and eye. Only her forehead, child, parts of her eyelids and her lower lip were still intact. Tom Culp was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Tom and Connie Culp before the man shot his wife.
Photo: RR

Connie was hospitalized and underwent thirty surgeries before finally receiving a transplant in 2008. At the Cleveland Clinic, the large-scale surgery was prepared and performed. The process would eventually take 22 hours over two days. Before the transplant, the surgeons used about 500 square centimeters of tissue. Muscles, skin, leg, nerves and blood vessels were transplanted.

Woman who received the first facial transplant died:
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Woman who received the first facial transplant died:
Photo: BELGAIMAGE
Woman who received the first facial transplant died:
Photo: BELGAIMAGE

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