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Author Topic: US's first face transplant (and probably the most dramatic)  (Read 500 times)

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Offline consortium11Topic starter

First US face transplant revealed

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.

I'm ashamed to say that when I first saw the before/after shot out of the corner of my eye I though it was makeup/graphics or a photoshop job... and then I heard the actual story.

Offline The Overlord

Re: US's first face transplant (and probably the most dramatic)
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 12:05:27 PM »

I don't think you need to feel ashamed about that, I'll admit when I saw this on TV I did one of 'whoa' moments with a double take and watched closely to be sure it was a genuine article.

IMHO, we would need to feel ashamed if the event didn't move us in some way.