U.S. woman who shot herself receives face transplant

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

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman who was left heavily disfigured in a failed suicide bid has become the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a face transplant. She will need to take intensive regimens of immunosuppressant medications for the rest of her life, or until a breakthrough in anti-rejection science is made.

Katie Stubblefield's face was gravely injured when she shot herself in a suicide attempt when she was 18 in 2014.

Stubblefield is using her story of survival to raise awareness.

And according to the magazine, she saw texts on her boyfriend's phone from another girl leading to a breakdown of their relationship.

"They are warriors", she said.

"I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain".

A surgeon eventually suggested the family consider a face transplant - a procedure they'd never heard of.

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

"I had no clue what a face transplant was", Stubblefield told CNN.

"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 was placed on the waiting list for a face transplant in March 2016 and a donor was found 14 months later: Adrea Schneider, a 31-year-old woman who died of a drug overdose, according to a National Geographic feature on her journey. She was raised by her grandmother, Sandra Bennington, since she was four-years-old and adopted by her at the age of 11.

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The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in OH in May and paid for by the US Department of Defence through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Now she's sharing her story with the world, from almost dying to an extraordinary facial surgery that has given her a new start.

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.

She was transferred from a local hospital to the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, as doctors desperately tried to save her.

Full and partial face transplants are medical procedures that involve replacing all or parts of a person's face with donated tissue, including skin, bone, nerves and blood vessels from a deceased donor.

The world's first face transplant was performed in France in 2005.

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

"I'm definitely taking many, many daily steps", Stubblefield said, adding that she's alive now thanks to her parents' love.

Stubblefield now hopes to go to college and study counseling, to teach teenagers the value of life.

Like Stubblefield, many young and troubled people may make a bad decision and reach for a firearm.

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.

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