Monday, 24 September, 2018

Youngest American Woman To Receive Full Face Transplant, One Year Post-Op

Katie Stubblefield Woman, 21, Gets Full Face Transplant After Shooting Face Off In Suicide Attempt — Pics
| 17 August, 2018, 19:40

DISTRESSING CONTENT A 21-year-old woman has become the youngest person in the United States to receive a face transplant after a suicide attempt three years earlier.

Stubblefield is now on the cover of the September issue of National Geographic, as the result of a multi-year photo project by a National Geographic photographer who covered her recovery.

It's no secret why National Geographic would choose to have Katie Stubblefield, 21, on the cover of their latest issue.

Though she is literally using Schneider's face, Stubblefield will reportedly not look like her, since the face will mold to her bone structure as it heals. She survived, but the injury resulted in the loss of her face.

Ms Bennington, made the emotional choice to donate her grand daughter's face after meeting with Ms Stubblefield and her parents. She will have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life.

She was rushed to a local hospital to the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, where doctors tried to save her life. "That's number one, but beyond that, I'd like her to have some level of normalcy". "Forget the face transplant; we're talking about just being alive".

Stubblefield said of the idea when it was first suggested, "I had no clue what a face transplant was".

"So many people have helped me".


"I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain". A year after the surgery, however, she's ready to go back out into the world. Fourteen months later, a donor was found: Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old woman who died of a drug overdose, National Geographic reported.

The 31-hour surgery took place on May 4, 2017, and it involved several specialists, 11 surgeons, and a great deal of virtual reality technology. She also has to continue with physical and occupational therapy for the time being.

While Katie's medical care team hopes that her surgery can advance the field of face transplantation, there are many other hopes for her future.

Katie now hopes to attend college and have a family and career one day, the page added.

As for where Katie fits in, "only 40 people in the world have ever had a face transplant, and we believe that she is the 39th person", said Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine.

Besides improving her appearance, the surgery would allow her to speak more clearly, and breathe, chew, and swallow more effectively, the clinic said. Permission required for reproduction.

Katie and her parents have been living at Cleveland's Ronald McDonald House for the last four years, the longest residents in the facility's history. Almost 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016, and more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

She said she hopes her story will raise awareness to the potential consequences of suicide, helping other young men and women like her to value life and avoid doing what she did to herself.

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