USA woman who shot herself receives face transplant

At 21 Woman Is Youngest Ever to Undergo Face Transplant After Attempting Suicide as a Teen

Hurt and angry, Stubblefield went over to her brother Robert's place, went to the bathroom and used his gun to shoot herself.

Plastic surgeon Dr Brian Gastman, the first clinic doctor to see Katie and the man who would go on to lead her transplant procedure, recalled to NatGeo that he was initially only concerned with stabilizing Katie, and he anxious that even if that went to plan, there wouldn't be enough tissue available for corrective surgeries due to her small size.

"I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain". Since then, doctors have performed 39 face transplants. "I felt terrible", she adds. The world's fist successful face transplant was conducted at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Spain in 2010.

Three years after a gunshot wound to the face left her with severe facial trauma, a woman last year became the youngest recipient of a full-face transplant in the United States, and now hopes to use her story to offer hope to others.

The GoFundMe page aims to raise US$50,000 to help pay for Katie and her family's needs for the coming year.

"I am able to touch my face now, and it feels awesome", said Stubblefield, who still has some difficulty speaking clearly.

Stubblefield will remain a lifelong subject in the study of a still experimental procedure.

When her brother found her, he told the magazine: 'Her face was gone'. She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide and the value of life.

Adrea Schneider, was a 31-year-old woman and organ donor who died three days earlier after failing to recover from a drug overdose.

As part of the transplant Katie received a new forehead, eyelids, eye sockets, nose, mouth and lips, cheeks, upper jaw and teeth.

"Knowing this patient now has the opportunity to live a functional life because of her face transplant is the greatest reward", Dr. Gastman, said in a statement. She also has to continue with physical and occupational therapy for the time being.

In 2017, it was decided that Stubblefield would undergo a face transplant.

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

Katie attempted to take her own life in March 2014 in Mississippi, US, and doctors initially thought she would never survive her injuries.

She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide prevention, echoing what she told CNN: "Life is precious, and life is lovely".

"If by sharing her story, Katie could empower one person, debunk one myth about suicide, or most of all prevent one suicide she will have achieved her goal", said the page. "Further, on the other hand, how much a singular rash decision made by so many young people today could negatively change your whole life". Stubblefield is the 40th known person in the world known to receive a new face, according to National Geographic.

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