Connie Culp Biography – Connie Culp Wiki
Connie Culp was the first recipient of a partial face transplant in the United States. The operation was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008.
Connie Culp’s husband Thomas G. “Tom” Culp shot her in the face in September 2004 in a failed murder-suicide attempt in Hopedale, Ohio. It destroyed her nose, shattered her cheeks, and shut off most of her vision. She underwent 30 operations to try to fix her face.
In December 2008, Dr. Maria Siemionow led a team of doctors in a 22-hour operation to replace 80% of Culp’s face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from a donor, Anna Kasper, who had died of a heart attack. Two years after her operation, Culp met with the family of Kasper.
Culp made several television appearances and become an advocate for organ donation.
Thomas Culp was convicted in 2005 of aggravated attempted murder with a seven-year prison sentence. At the sentencing, she forgave her husband and would be waiting for him to get out of prison. However, on September 22, 2009, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she said she no longer planned to wait for her former husband after her daughter asked her: “Mom, what kind of example would you be setting for me if you went back to the man who shot your face off?”
Connie Culp Age
She was born on March 26, 1963. She died on July 30, 2020, at the age of 57.
Connie Culp Husband
She was married to her former husband Thomas G. “Tom” Culp.
Connie Culp Death
Connie Culp died on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Cleveland Clinic of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant. The clinic said on Twitter: “We are saddened by the loss of Connie Culp, the first face transplant recipient in the U.S. She was an inspiration to all of us at Cleveland Clinic.”
The chair of Cleveland Clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery institute, Dr. Frank Papay – who was part of Culp’s surgical team – said in a statement: “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. She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo a sometimes-daunting procedure is an enduring gift for all of humanity.”
We are saddened by the loss of Connie Culp, the first face transplant recipient in the U.S.
She was an inspiration to all of us at Cleveland Clinic. pic.twitter.com/gvuJCzf7Jd
— ClevelandClinicNews (@CleClinicNews) July 31, 2020
Dr. Fay Bound Alberti, AboutFace project PI, tweeted: “Connie Culp was a remarkable woman and we @AboutFaceYork were very sad to learn of her passing. Sending sympathy and best wishes to her family, friends, surgeons, and healthcare providers.”
Connie Culp Cause of Death
Connie Culp’s cause of death was not revealed. The Cleveland Clinic said she died of “complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant.”
Connie Culp Before and After – Connie Culp Before Surgery, Connie Culp Before Transplant