'Was a great pioneer': the woman died, the first in the United States to undergo a face transplant
Connie Culp from Ohio, who was the first American woman to undergo a face transplant, died at 58 years old, writes News.ru.
The death of Culp without giving a reason was confirmed at the Cleveland Clinic, where the woman underwent a historic operation in 2008.
Dr. Frank Papay, Chairman of the Institute of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of the clinic, recalled that Kalp lived longer than all patients who underwent such a surgical intervention.
“She was a great pioneer, and her decision to undergo a dangerous procedure is an invaluable gift to humanity,” the physician said.
The woman had to undergo a face transplant after her husband shot her with a shotgun in 2004. The man then tried to commit suicide, but survived. He was sentenced to seven years in prison for attempted murder with aggravated circumstances.
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The shot effectively stripped Culp of his face. Only the upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin remained intact. All other parts were torn apart, leaving hundreds of bone fragments and fragments of shot in the face. The woman underwent more than 30 operations. The doctors took part of her ribs to reconstruct her cheekbones, and the upper jaw was restored using part of the bone from the leg.
In December 2008, after a 22-hour operation, doctors replaced 80% of the face with Calp using bones, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from a recently deceased donor.
Culp said in an interview in 2009 that she forgave her husband and still loves him, but does not want to see him again. The couple had two children.