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

15 August, 2018, 17:59 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Woman, 21, Gets Full Face Transplant After Shooting Face Off In Suicide Attempt — Pics

Katie Stubblefield says she doesn't remember much about the day in March 2014 when she shot herself with a.308-caliber hunting rifle in a bathroom of her MS home. "That's number one, but beyond that, I'd like her to have some level of normalcy". "Life is precious, and life is lovely". After a barrage of hardships - chronic gastrointestinal issues, the loss of her mother's job, a painful breakup - Stubblefield in March 2014 placed her brother's.308-caliber rifle beneath her chin and fired, according to the magazine.

Her donor - Adrea Schneider - was a 31-year-old woman who died of a drug overdose. We're so happy to report that the transplant was successful - what a miracle!

There is the chance of numerous complications, including that her body will reject the new face and it will have to be removed.

Before Stubblefield's transplant, surgeons used 3D printing to help reconstruct about 90 percent of her lower jaw, using her older sister, Olivia McCay as a model template, said Dr. Brian Gastman a plastic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic who led the surgery.

In her senior year, she had her appendix and her gallbladder taken out as she continued to battle with digestive issues.

Five weeks after the incident, Stubblefield was brought to Cleveland Clinic.

"I had no clue what a face transplant was", Katie said.

In 2017, it was decided that Stubblefield would undergo a face transplant. And she is speaking about her surgery to help warn of the lasting harms of suicide.

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It was the first total face transplant for the hospital, which became the first in the U.S.to perform a face transplant of any kind 2008.

"I'm definitely taking many, many daily steps", Katie told CNN in an interview published on Wednesday. "I am able to touch my face now, and it feels awesome", Katie said in the video.

"When my parents helped explain everything to me, I was very excited to get a face again and to have function again", Katie said, via WTKR.

It was paid for by the US Department of Defence through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

She hopes to go to college and eventually find a career in counselling and motivational speaking.

Meanwhile, her parents, who both worked as teachers at her school, were made redundant.

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 can try to save other young lives".

Suicide awareness remains critical, said Katie's mother, Alesia. Stubblefield is the 40th known person in the world known to receive a new face, according to National Geographic. 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. They are warriors. They're like eagles who are protecting a young bird.

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