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Post  Guest on Wed 6 May - 12:00

10:23am UK, Wednesday May 06, 2009
An American woman who was given a near-total face transplant after a shotgun attack by her husband has unveiled the results of her surgery.

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Connie Culp, 46, was left without a nose, a palate or lower eyelids when she was blasted in 2004.

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.

Last December she underwent a 22-hour procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in the state of Ohio, where a team of 11 surgeons restored about 80% of Ms Culp's face using facial tissue from a dead woman.

The doctors said Ms Culp, who was missing bone support and had been unable to eat or breathe without a tube in her windpipe, could now perform those functions normally.

"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," she said.

Although the clinic had revealed the surgery in December, Ms Culp's identity and the incident that disfigured her were kept secret.

She said when plastic surgeon Risal Djohan first looked her injuries "he told me he didn't think, he wasn't sure, if he could fix me, but he'd try.

"But here I am, five years later. He did what he said - I got me my nose," she said with a laugh.

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.

The world's first partial face transplant was conducted in France in 2005.

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Post  Guest on Wed 6 May - 16:25

Yikes. This woman is scarred for life even with this new face.

Man Shoots Wife in Face...Sentenced to 7 Years
Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2005 ; 09:33 PM | View Comments | Post Comment

Thomas Culp is accused of shooting his wife in the face...today...he asks for her forgiveness.

Story by Julie Kroenig


Tom Culp shot his wife in the face with a shotgun. Tom Culp will spend 7 years behind bars for shooting his wife Connie. Today he said he was sorry before asking a judge for leniency. Tom Culp also bares the scars of domestic violence…that's because he shot himself in the face after he shot off his wife's face. Connie Culp can't see. She has a temporary tracheotomy and she's severely disfigured even after several complicated surgeries. He says he pleaded no contest to avoid a trial he says would further hurt his wife. Although he never turned directly to her while talking to the judge. He says he's never stopped thinking about the night he shot her. After his sentencing, Connie asked the judge to let the two talk in private. After their meeting, Connie says her husband better put her on a pedestal once he's released from prison.

http://www.wtrf.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=2168

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Post  Guest on Wed 6 May - 16:30

Woman Speaks Out After Husband Shoots Her In Face

Posted: 8:33 pm EST February 25, 2008Updated: 9:36 pm EST February 25, 2008
HOPEDALE, Ohio -- The injuries Connie Culp suffered on a late night in September 2004 are permanent. Her face is disfigured and she is blind after being shot in the face. By looking at her, the injuries are obvious. The life-changing shot shattered her jaw, cheek and nose.

It all happened during an attempted murder-suicide outside the OK Corral in Hopedale, Ohio. Culp's husband Thomas, shot her in the face from just eight feet way, then turned the gun on himself -- both survived.

Now years later, Culp is back in her home adjusting to a new life style. After being released from the hospital, she spent time in two personal care homes and underwent 20 surgeries to repair her faces, but she still can’t smell or smile.

Now that she’s back at home she has a new friend, Baby Girl. That is her dog that helps her around. She’s also learning a lot of her own. She’s taught herself brail, plus got gadgets like talking calculates and special serving cups to help her get through the day.

Culp doesn’t like anything to get in her way. “Keep motivated, don’t sleep your life away, that could have happened. I could be depressed. I’m not. It takes more than a gunshot to take my (explicit) out.”

When it came to talking about the night of the shooting and the man who did it, Culp didn’t hold back much.

“Do you ever have directed frustration or anger is what I’m trying to ask,” said NEWS9’ Shelby Zarotney.

“Oh yeah, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. I forgive him, but I have to go on you know?” answered Culp.

“There will be a day when he’s released from prison,” (Zarotney’s questioned stopped by Culp) “We don’t want to go there, ok?” replied Culp.

During Thomas Culp’s sentencing in April 2005, she not only eluded to the fact that she will forgive, she also said she would possibly take her husband back. When asked that question this time, she answered... “I don’t regret any of that, I’ll always love him, he was my first love.”

Thomas Culp remains in jail and isn’t expected to be released until 2012, when his 7-year sentence will be complete


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Post  Guest on Wed 6 May - 17:28

What a strong, and brave woman. I take my hat off to her for being so forgiving and not allowing this to ruin her life. Not sure I would be so forgiving and willing to take him back if it were me...

I hope her 'face' improves though, as she looks quite horrific (not being nasty sorry, but it looks a bit scary for children).

Good luck to her x

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Post  Susan on Wed 6 May - 20:34

Poor woman!!!!!!!!

I'm not normally at all violent but I just had this urge to get a shotgun and do the same to that guy!!

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Post  pm on Wed 6 May - 20:51

i saw her in the news and her face on the past

she is a brave human and she should be very proud of her

her face is not beautiful and is scare but inside she is BIG, BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG

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Post  Guest on Thu 7 May - 14:37

pm wrote:i saw her in the news and her face on the past

she is a brave human and she should be very proud of her

her face is not beautiful and is scare but inside she is BIG, BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG

Yes she is very beautiful inside Paula, too beautiful to allow that man back into her life.

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