The first face transplant patient in the US spoke for the first time to media on Tuesday.
Wired PR News – A patient who received the first face transplant in the United States appeared publicly for the first time since her surgery to speak to the media. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Connie Culp showed the results of her surgery Tuesday as she spoke to reporters about her surgery.
Culp, a 46 year-old mother of two, is quoted in the report as stating, “I guess I’m the one you came to see today… I think it’s more important that you focus on the donor family that made it so I could have this person’s face.”
As noted by the AP, Culp’s identity had been kept a secret over the last few months. She had become disfigured in 2004 after being shot by her husband in the face. Her face transplant operation took place in December of last year.
Culp is further quoted in the report as stating of others who have suffered disfigurements, “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… 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.”