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The recipient of the first US almost-total face transplant has appeared before the media for the first time. Connie Culp, a 46-year-old mother-of-two was left without the middle section of her face after her husband shot her in 2004. Ms Culp, whose identity had been previously withheld, paid tribute to the donor family at a news conference. Surgeons at a clinic in a Cleveland, Ohio, replaced 80% of Ms Culp's face with that of a dead female donor. "I guess I'm the one you came to see today, " she told reporters but added that "I think it's more important that you focus on the donor family that made it so I could have this person's face." The transplant is only the fourth to be carried out. Two operations have been conducted in France and one in China.
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