Connie Culp

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Connie Culp, Face Transplant Pioneer, Dies

Doctors praise recipient as an inspiration to others

(Newser) - Connie Culp, the first person to receive a face transplant in the US—after being shot by her husband—has died. She was 57, and the cause of her death Thursday was not released, People reports. "Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many,"...

Staring at Disfigured Faces Is 'Instinctive'

Distorted or frozen features trigger a 'primal response' in viewers, scientists believe

(Newser) - The stares people like face transplant patient Connie Culp deal with are likely the result of instinct rather than insensitivity, Wired reports. Scientists believe that disfigured faces flummox the screening system the brain has developed to judge whether a person poses a potential threat, causing people to become transfixed when...

Face Transplant Patient Forgives Shooter

Connie Culp still thinks about how she used to look, she says

(Newser) - The woman who had the nation's first face transplant still thinks about how she looked before her husband shot her in a failed murder-suicide attempt in 2004—but she forgives him, she said in an interview today with Good Morning America. It was the smell of soap that made Connie...

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