By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
Published: 22:27 BST, 31 July 2020 | Updated: 05:55 BST, 1 August 2020
Ohio woman Connie Culp, who became the first person in the U.S. to receive a partial face transplant after surviving a gunshot blast to the face, has died at the age of 57.
The Cleveland Clinic, where Culp underwent the historic surgical procedure in 2008, confirmed her death in a statement on Friday.
'Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many. Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant patient to date,' Dr Frank Papay, chair of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute said.
'She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo a sometimes-daunting procedure is an enduring gift for all of humanity.'
Ohio woman Connie Culp (pictured before