21-year-old woman becomes youngest in US to receive face transplant

Woman, 21, Gets Full Face Transplant After Shooting Face Off In Suicide Attempt — Pics

"Her face is gone", he told the magazine recalling the moment he found her sister.

She lost her nose and parts of her mouth and forehead, but she survived.

She said she was shocked: "I never thought of doing that ever before, and so on hearing about it, I just didn't know how to handle it".

Katie was discharged from Cleveland Clinic on August 1, 2017. Her eyes remained but they were badly damaged, news reports said. The transplant, performed past year, aims to restore Katie's face structure and functions - such as chewing, breathing and swallowing - which were lost in a severe gunshot injury, the haunting outcome of a suicide attempt as a teenager.

"I'm definitely taking many, many daily steps", she said of the recovery process.

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

Her surgery will help doctors advance the field of face transplantation, helping to make the treatment more commonplace and, perhaps, push insurance companies, as well as the government, to assist victims with the cost.

"That's number one, but beyond that, I'd like her to have some level of normalcy", he said.

The youngest face transplant patient in the US, now 22, has emerged in a documentary four years after she attempted suicide by firing a high-powered rifle under her chin, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

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Hallquist campaigned on a promise to build up renewable energy and boost the state's rural economy by expanding broadband access. She spent 12 years at the Vermont Electric Cooperative before running for governor. "But that didn't happen", Hallquist said.

"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.

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.

"I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain". And she is speaking about her surgery to help warn of the lasting harms of suicide.

She underwent the transplant in Cleveland, Ohio, which involved using a 3D printed jaw.

Full and partial face transplants, still considered experimental surgeries, involve replacing all or parts of a person's face with donated tissue from a deceased donor.

While Stubblefield's story may help others to think twice about trying to take their lives, her journey is also helping to shed light on yet another problem. She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide and the value of life.

"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.

Stubblefield was able to get the surgery thanks to a U.S. Department of Defense grant, which helps soldiers who suffer severe facial wounds to get help through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. She hopes to go to college and eventually find a career in counselling and motivational speaking. "With a new nose, lips, palate, eyelids and jaw, she now has the full opportunity to re-integrate into society and have a future just like any other young adult".

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