In 2004 Connie Culp’s husband, Thomas, shot her in the face and then shot himself. The “shotgun blast left a ghastly hole where the middle of her face had been.” Today she is the first successful face transplant in the United States.
Connie’s husband went to prison for 7 years but Connie’s sentence was longer and more painful. She was disfigured, “unable to eat solid food, breathe on her own, or smell”.
Once while shopping, “she heard a little kid say, `You said there were no real monsters mommy, and there’s one right there,'” Coffman said. Culp stopped and said, “I’m not a monster. I’m a person who was shot,” and pulled out her driver’s license to show the child what she used to look like, the psychiatrist said.
Based on the wording in the article, it sounds like she is still married.
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