The story of Connie Culp, America’s first face transplant, is a remarkable milestone in the world of facial surgery. Most importantly, it is an inspirational story of struggle and triumph. About five years ago, Connie was shot by her own husband and that shotgun blast destroyed her cheeks, nose, an eye, and the roof of her mouth. Hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellet and bone splinters were embedded in her face. She needed a tube into her windpipe to breathe. Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left.
Thanks to the experts at the Cleveland Clinic, she now has a new “face” from a dead woman. Led by Dr. Maria Siemionow, this 22-hour operation restored about 80 percent of her face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who had just died
Connie Culp went public today to show off the results of America’s first face transplant. The sad part is Connie has been called a monster by so many kids and it breaks my heart to hear that. Our society is sometimes cruel and insensitive. I hope this will serve as a lesson to anyone who makes harsh criticisms to other people.