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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

First Facial Transplant Patient Has Press Conference Revealing Results

Certainly a miraculous surgery by even being accomplished without a doubt, and whether or not the patient is or isn't happy with the results is her business, but she has been compelled to show her new face to the world and shed much light on how and why she became the world's very first successful facial transplant patient a little over a year ago.

One would imagine the results here would speak for themselves as below the pictures represent her before and after the terrible incident;

The center one is her before the attack, an obviously beautiful woman .

then on the left is Ms. Culp after her estranged husband shot her in the face point black with a 12 guage shotgun in a double failed suicide murder attempt by he about four years ago, and finally on the lower right as she looks today, a year after her groundbreaking surgery.

You can see and hear Ms Culp, who was also left blind and endured over twenty surgeries before her trip to the Cleveland Clinic for the facial rebuilding surgery, in this video from 2004 after her surviving the attack.

Video: Shelby Zarotney Sits Down With Shooting Victim

By the way that animal that did this to her is presently in prison for his evil deed, hopefully
being viciously raped and beaten each and every day like the rabid dog he is after doing this.

Nation's first face transplant patient shows face:
My Way News "CLEVELAND (AP) - Five years ago, a shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of her face had been. Five months ago, she received a new face from a dead woman.

Connie Culp stepped forward Tuesday to show off the results of the nation's first face transplant, and her new look was a far cry from the puckered, noseless sight that made children run away in horror.

Culp's expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish, and her skin droops in big folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating her new muscles." continued

Here's another story where she tells how a child in a grocery store called her a monster before the surgery she had to correct what the real monster did to her...
Face transplant recipient: 'I'm not a monster

"CLEVELAND (AP) - When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

Her expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish. Her skin droops in big folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating her new muscles.But Culp had nothing but praise for those who made her new face possible.

"I guess I'm the one you came to see today," the 46-year-old Ohio woman said at a news conference at the Cleveland Clinic, where the groundbreaking operation was performed. 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."

Until Tuesday, Culp's identity and how she came to be disfigured were a secret.

Culp's husband, Thomas, shot her in 2004, then turned the gun on himself. He went to prison for seven years. His wife was left clinging to life. The blast shattered her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye. Hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellet and bone splinters were embedded in her face. She needed a tube into her windpipe to breathe. Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left.

A plastic surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Risal Djohan, got a look at her injuries two months later. "He told me he didn't think, he wasn't sure, if he could fix me, but he'd try," Culp recalled.

She endured 30 operations to try to fix her face. Doctors took parts of her ribs to make cheekbones and fashioned an upper jaw from one of her leg bones. She had countless skin grafts from her thighs. Still, she was left unable to eat solid food, breathe on her own, or smell.

Then, on Dec. 10, in a 22-hour operation, Dr. Maria Siemionow led a team of doctors who replaced 80 percent of Culp's face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who had just died. It was the fourth face transplant in the world, though the others were not as extensive.

"Here I am, five years later. He did what he said - I got me my nose," Culp said of Djohan, laughing.

In January, she was able to eat pizza, chicken and hamburgers for the first time in years. She loves to have cookies with a cup of coffee, Siemionow said.

On NBC's "Today" program Wednesday morning, Siemionow described the operation as a last resort.

"There was really an entire mid-face missing and there was no way to reconstruct with conventional means," the lead surgeon said.

No information has been released about the donor or how she died, but her family members were moved when they saw before-and-after pictures of Culp, Siemionow said.

Culp said she wants to help foster acceptance of those who have suffered burns and other disfiguring injuries.

"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," she said. "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."

It's a role she has already practiced, said clinic psychiatrist Dr. Kathy Coffman.

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.

Culp, who is from the small town of Unionport, near the Pennsylvania line, told her doctors she just wants to blend back into society. She has a son and a daughter who live near her, and two preschooler grandsons. Before she was shot, she and her husband ran a painting and contracting business, and she did everything from hanging drywall to a little plumbing, Coffman said.

Culp left the hospital Feb. 5 and has returned for periodic follow-up care. She has suffered only one mild rejection episode that was controlled with a single dose of steroid medicines, her doctors said. She must take immune-suppressing drugs for the rest of her life, but her dosage has been greatly reduced and she needs only a few pills a day.

The clinic expects to absorb the cost of the transplant because it was experimental, doctors said. Siemionow estimated it at $250,000 to $300,000. That is less than the $1 million that other surgeons estimate it costs them to treat other severely disfigured people through dozens of separate operations, she said.

Also at the Cleveland Clinic is Charla Nash of Stamford, Conn., who was attacked by a friend's chimpanzee in February. She lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids, and will be blind, doctors said. Clinic officials said it is premature to discuss the possibility of a face transplant for her.

In April, doctors at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston performed the nation's second face transplant, on a man disfigured in a freak accident. It was the world's seventh such operation. The first, in 2005, was performed in France on Isabelle Dinoire, a woman who had been mauled by her do"


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  1. Don't hold back Ray. (of course I feel the same way)

  2. There's so many good men all alone in the world and instead guys like this somehow manage to even get married.. what about that Peterson fu*&, Drew Peterson, 5 frickin times this guy is married... WTF is wrong with women that get tangled with these men over and over again?

  3. What a gutsy and inspiring woman. I think she looks great in light of the trauma she has experienced. It appears that with better blood circulation, she will look better and feel better also.

    God bless the donor family. What must they have felt when they saw Ms. Culp?

    Ray, I agree with you.

  4. BTW, God bless the doctors who perform so miraculously - in spite of everything.

  5. Tough thing for a woman to be robbed of her god given beauty by some deranged hunk of slime I would personally love to see taken out of the equation permanently.

    If liberals weren't so concerned about the protections and rights of the pond scum throughout the society, harsher penalties would discourage 90% of this kind of shit without a doubt. Don't house and feed murderers, send them to the chair after one appeal.

    Yet here they wanna make it a crime with even more hate legislation than we already have that protects everything but Caucasian men, making it a crime to yell the words "homo", "fagot","nigger" or other epithets that I hear all the time and could give a damn as a "disabled cripple" myself... just harmless words.

    Yet they won't send real life dangerous rapists, pedophiles and murderers and other scum to their immediate deaths....go figure that shit out.///


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