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Transplant recipient reveals her new face

You may have seen the up-close personal interview on The Doctors Wednesday. Carmen Blandin Tarleton shared her new look with Dr. Travis Stork.

It's an extraordinary medical story about a Vermont woman who became a face transplant recipient just two months ago.

It took 54 surgeries leading up to the transplant. It took 15 hours for a team of surgeons at Boston's Brigham and Women's hospital. In an emotional news conference, Carmen revealed her new look. The donor's daughter was on hand to see it.

"I'm now in a better place, mentally and emotionally, than I could have ever imagined six years ago," Tarleton said.

"I get to feel my mother's skin again. I get to see my mother's freckles and through you, I get to see my mother live on. This is truly a blessing," said Miranda Rigter, daughter of the donor.

Six years ago, Carmen's ex-husband, who is still in jail, doused her with industrial strength lye. As difficult as this road has been, Carmen says she considers the face transplant a blessing.

Now her plans include speaking out and promoting her book, titled "Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed."

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