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Survivors face transplant American died

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Пережившая пересадку лица американка умерла

American woman from Ohio, Connie Culp (Connie Culp), which is the first in the country passed through an almost complete transplantation of the person died. She was 57 years old. Reported by the New York Post.

The death of a woman on Friday, July 31, confirmed by the Cleveland clinic, where she in 2008, was historic process. “Connie was incredibly brave, energetic woman, and has inspired many,” said Dr. Frank Papay (Dr. Frank Papay), Chairman of the Institute of dermatology and plastic surgery clinic.

He stressed that the strength Culp was obvious, as she was the longest-lived patient who survived such an operation. “She was a great pioneer, and her decision to undergo the sometimes frightening procedure is an invaluable gift to all mankind,” concluded Papa.

The cause of her death is not specified.

The woman’s face was disfigured after 2004, her husband Thomas shot him with a shotgun. The shot broke her nose, cheeks, upper part of the mouth and eyes. The woman’s face were hundreds of fragments of shells and bones. All was only the upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin.

Then the woman’s husband turned the gun on himself but survived, too, but with a much less serious injuries. He was later convicted of attempted murder, aggravated battery, and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Culp underwent 30 operations on her face, including surgery, during which doctors took parts of her ribs to make cheekbones, and made my upper jaw one of the bones of her legs. In the 22-hour operation in December 2008, the doctors replaced a woman 80 percent of the face using bones, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who just died.

It is noteworthy that Culp later said that she forgave the husband for what he did. “I will always love him,” she told us journalist Diane Sawyer in 2009. “I mean, I have two kids [from it]. But you know what? I can’t be with him anymore”, she concluded then.

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