Woman who underwent first face transplant in the U.S.has died age 57

Women who underwent the first face transplant in the U.S. in 2008 after her husband blasted her with a shotgun in a failed murder-suicide has died at the age of 57 Connie Culp, 57, made international headlines in 2008 as the first recipient of a partial face transplant in the US  Doctors at t the Cleveland Clinic, where she underwent the procedure, confirmed her death on Friday  Culp was left severely disfigured after she was shot in the face by her husband in at their Ohio home in September 2004    Surgeons performed the 22-hour procedure over the course of two days by using 77 square inches of transplanted tissue

By Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:27 BST, 31 July 2020 | Updated: 05:55 BST, 1 August 2020

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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.' 

Connie Culp before she was shot

Culp (pictured in 2009) died on Thursday, 12 years after becoming the first woman to receive a partial face transplant

Ohio woman Connie Culp (pictured before

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