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Connie Culp the Ohio woman who made international headlines when she received the country’s first almost complete face transplant, has died.
We are saddened by the loss of Connie Culp, the first face transplant recipient in the U.S.
She was an inspiration to all of us at Cleveland Clinic. pic.twitter.com/gvuJCzf7Jd
— ClevelandClinicNews (@CleClinicNews) July 31, 2020
Connie Culp Age
She was 57 years old.
Connie Culp confirmed her death in a statement on Friday
The Cleveland Clinic, where Culp went through the pioneering process in 2008, confirmed her death in a statement on Friday.
“Connie was an incredibly brave and dynamic woman and an inspiration for many,” said Dr. Frank Papay, President of the Clinic’s Institute for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.
“Her strength was shown by the fact that she was the longest-serving face transplant patient to date,” said Papay.
“She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo the sometimes daunting process is a permanent gift to all of humanity.”
His cause and the day of his death have not been released.
Culp was severely disfigured in 2004 when her husband Thomas blew her up with a shotgun at her apartment in Hopedale, Ohio.
The explosion smashed her nose, cheeks, roof of her mouth, and one eye. Hundreds of fragments of shot and bone chips were embedded in his face.
Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin remained.
Her husband then turned the gun on himself and survived as well, but with much less serious injuries. He was subsequently found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Culp has now undergone 30 facial surgeries
Culp has now undergone 30 facial surgeries, including surgeries in which doctors used parts of her ribs to make her cheekbones and formed an upper jaw from one of her leg bones.
During a 22-hour procedure in December 2008, doctors replaced 80% of Culp’s face with the bones, muscles, nerves, skin, and blood vessels of another woman who had just come. die.
“I guess I’m the one you came to today,” Culp told reporters at a press conference to reveal his new face.
She added, “I think it is more important that you focus on the family of the donor who enabled me to have that person’s face.”
Remarkably, Culp later said that she forgave her husband for shooting her.
“I will always love him,” she said to Diane Sawyer in 2009. “I mean I have two children [from] him. But, you know what? I can no longer be with him.