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After Six Years, Face Transplant Patient Reveals Final Look - Incredible Health - FOXNews.com - (Build 20100722150226)It’s been nearly two years since Connie Culp underwent the world’s first near total face transplant — and in that time, she has made incredible strides. When Culp made her first public appearance in May 2009, her face was bloated and squarish, her speech was hard to understand, and her skin drooped in big folds. But thanks to the skilled hands of surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic, who performed the initial surgery, she is ready to face the world again with her head held high. “When you look back, I’ve come a long way,” Culp said. SLIDESHOW: Connie Before & After
Isabelle Dinoire , born 1967, was the first person to undergo a partial face transplant , after her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. [ edit ] Personal life Dinoire lives in Valenciennes , northern France , and she is the mother of two children. [ 1 ] According to The Australian , she has signed a contract with British documentary maker Michael Hughes. [ edit ] Mutilation incident Dinoire's dog "chewed her face after she passed out from an overdose of sleeping pills." [ 2 ] Some reports following the initial surgery claim that her daughter said that the black Labrador cross (named Tania) was "frantically" trying to wake Dinoire after she took sleeping pills in a suicide attempt , and Dinoire wrote about her suicidal feelings in her own memoir. [ 3 ] The hospital denied this. [ citation needed ] In a statement made on 6 February 2006, Dinoire said that "after a very upsetting week, with many personal problems, I took some pills to forget ...
A face transplant is a medical procedure to replace all or part of a person's face. The world's first partial face transplant on a living human was carried out in France in 2005. The world's first full face transplant was completed in Spain in 2010. [ 1 ] [ edit ] Beneficiaries of face transplant People with faces disfigured by trauma , burns , disease, or birth defects might aesthetically benefit from the procedure. [ 2 ] Professor Peter Butler at the Royal Free Hospital first suggested this approach in treating people with facial disfigurement in a Lancet Article in 2002. [ 3 ] This suggestion caused considerable debate around the ethics of this procedure at that time. [ 2 ] The alternative to a face transplant is to move the patient's own skin from their back, buttocks or thighs to their face in a series of as many as 50 operations to regain even limited function and a face that is often likened to a mask or a living quilt .
Maria Siemionow is a Polish surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland , Ohio . She gained public notice in December, 2008, when she led a team of six surgeons in a 22-hour surgery, performing the first face transplant in the United States on Connie Culp . [ 1 ] She is currently Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgery Training at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine . She is multilingual , speaking five languages (Polish, Russian, German, English, and Spanish). [ edit ] Education Siemionow received her MD from Poznan Medical Academy in 1974, receiving her PhD in microsurgery from the same institution in 1985 and " habilitation " in medical sciences in 1992.
Connie Culp (born March 26, 1963 [ 1 ] ) is the first United States recipient of a face transplant , performed at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008. [ edit ] Facial disfigurement Culp was shot in the face by her husband Thomas G. "Tom" Culp in a failed murder-suicide in September 2004 inside their bar in Hopedale, Ohio .
CLEVELAND — 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.