U.S. woman who underwent facial transplant, speaks out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/5/09

U.S. woman who underwent facial transplant, speaks out

Five months ago, 46-year old Connie Culp got a new face in this country's first face transplant. It was a 22-hour surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to repair what had been shattered by a single shotgun blast.

Tuesday, the Ohio woman held a news conference, partly to show the results but also to encourage acceptance.

"When somebody has a disfigurement and don't look as pretty as you do, don't judge them, because you never know what happened to them," said Connie Culp.

Culp was the first to undergo a face transplant in the U.S. but is the fourth face transplant in the world. She can now talk, smile, smell and taste her food again, something she was unable to do before the transplant.

Since this case was experimental, the procedure was free. But doctors say it could cost up to 300 thousand dollars depending on how much bone and muscle needs to be re-built as well.

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