USA: Connie Culp is dead – first person in the USA with a face transplant

The Cleveland hospital where Connie Culp had been operated on in 2008 praised her on Twitter as an “incredibly brave, lively woman”. She was the longest living patient of such an intervention worldwide. According to media reports, she was 57 years old.

Culp had fallen victim to her husband

Culp had been the victim of her husband in 2004, who wanted to kill her with bullets in the head. The woman had no nose or palate, she could not eat and only breathed through a hole in the windpipe. The surgeons had replaced 80 percent of their tissue, along with the skin, bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and even some teeth.

In a 22-hour operation, Culp received the face of a dead donor, which was put on her like a mask over the remaining structures of her own face. Culp was the fourth patient in the world to have a new face. The first woman to have a face transplant was French Isabelle Dinoire in 2005.

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