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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.
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.