SHOCKING! A Girl Who Tried to Kill Herself Is Now Youngest Person in US to Receive Face Transplant

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The 22-year-old woman who tried to shot herself became the youngest in US history to have a face transplant. Read the details on Nexter.org.

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Source: National Geographic

One more chance after suicide

Katie Stubblefield, a 22-year-old woman who tried to kill herself by shooting in the head, has become the youngest to receive a face transplant in the United States. The suicide attempt took place at her home in Oxford, Mississippi, in 2014, when she was 18 years old.

Since then, she underwent a face transplant surgery and was spotted by National Geographic magazine. Katie became an inspiration for a touching article entitled “The Story of a Face”.

“I had no clue what a face transplant was,” said Stubberfield. “When my parents helped explain everything to me, I was very excited to get a face again and to have function again.”

Source: National Geographic

At first, her family didn’t consider the face transplant as an only chance, but an option, a possible solution.

“There was an older trauma surgeon who basically told us, ‘It’s the worst wound that I’ve ever seen of its kind,’ and Robb, Katie’s father, ‘The only thing I can think of that would really give her functional life again is a face transplant’,” he added.

“I was standing there thinking, ‘What do you mean, a face transfer? What do you do?’

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Source: newshub.co.nz

This kind of operation requires tissue, nerves, and bone taken from the donor and a relative, for instance, Katie’s sister, Olivia McCay, to provide with 3D printing template of the jaw.

“We made a plate designed for the combination of Katie and her sister’s jaw, and that’s what we used to make Katie’s jaw before we did the transplant,” said Dr. Brian Gastman, who carried out the surgery.

Source: National Geographic

Stubblefield is still currently under physical therapy and drugs to make her body accept the new face. “I am able to touch my face now, and it feels amazing,” said Katie.

However, it’s still hard for her to talk, so her father helped to translate. “You take it for granted, the different components of our faces – the bone, the tissue, the muscle, everything – but when it’s gone, you recognize the big need. Then when you receive a transplant, you’re so thankful,” she said.

Source: National Geographic

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