Connie Culp, the first person in the US to receive a near-total face transplant died from an infection unrelated to her transplant,according to Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Andrea Pacetti.
While the transplant could never return Culp’s original looks, it helped her regain senses that had been lost. She could smell again,and eat anything, including a good steak, after years of just eating soft foods.
After the transplant, Culp dedicated years of her life to sharing her story and speaking out about domestic violence, as well as educating and encouraging others who were to undergo transplant surgeries.
A year before her ex-husband, Thomas, was released from prison in 2011, Culp told journalist Diane Sawyer that while she would always love him because they have two children together,they could not get back together,a decision she came to after her daughter,Alicia, helped her realized about the kind of example she was setting if she ever went back to the man that shot her.