Connie Culp, the first woman to get a total face transplant in the United States, has finally revealed her identity and what happened to her in a press conference at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday.
Connie was shot in the face by her husband back in 2004, which left her severely disfigured. Her husband then turned the gun on himself but survived and was sentenced to only seven years in prison.
Culp said: “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. Don’t judge people who don’t look the same as you do. Because you never know. One day it might be all taken away.”
Once while shopping, “she heard a little kid say, `You said there were no real monsters, mommy, and there’s one right there,’” Coffman said. Culp stopped and said, “I’m not a monster. I’m a person who was shot,” and pulled out her driver’s license to show the child what she used to look like, the psychiatrist said.
The 46 year-old mother of two endured a procedure in December that lasted 22 hours in which 80 percent of her face was transplanted using facial tissue from a dead woman at the Cleveland Clinic in the state of Ohio.
“I guess I’m the one you came to see today,” the 46-year-old Ohio woman said. But “I think it’s more important that you focus on the donor family that made it so I could have this person’s face.”
Before the transplant, Connie couldn’t eat or breathe without a tube in her windpipe. The results are amazing and Connie can now enjoy an almost normal life, however she is still recovering and will probably have to go under the knife again.
Connie Culp Graphic Photos & Video Below
Connie Culp – First Total Face Transplant Video