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Connie Culp, the first face-transplant recipient in the United States, has died, according to the Cleveland Clinic, which performed the surgery.
“We are saddened by the loss of Connie Culp,” the clinic said on Twitter on Friday, adding that she was Clinic “an inspiration to all of us” at the medical facility.
The article goes on to state the following:
The exact cause of death for Culp, who was 57, has not been released, but she had been in the hospital for several days, NBC-affiliate WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio, reported.
In a statement posted to Twitter by the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Frank Papay said, “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
Connie Culp, the first face transplant recipient in the US, has died, according to the Cleveland Clinic, which performed the surgery. https://t.co/ChVOi5UAbg
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 1, 2020
Connie Culp, first patient in the U.S. to receive partial face transplant, dies at 57 https://t.co/XvspfsiYwy
— 10News (@10News) July 31, 2020
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