‘Life Is Precious’: A Year After Face Transplant, a Patient Recalls Her Journey

The first successful full face transplant was conducted in Spain eight years ago. Since then, doctors have performed 39 face transplants. A year ago, the Cleveland Clinic performed a face transplant on the youngest patient to date, who was 21 at the time.

National Geographic chronicled the journey of that patient, Katie Stubblefield, in its September issue. When she was 18, Stubblefield tried to commit suicide by shooting herself with a rifle in her Mississippi home.

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