Face transplant recipient encourages organ donation

September 21, 2010

The nation’s first face transplant patient has asked Ohioans to register as organ donors, the Associated Press reports.

Cleveland - The nation’s first face transplant patient has asked Ohioans to register as organ donors, the Associated Press reports.

Cleveland’s WJW-TV recently reported that the patient, Connie Culp, spoke at the opening of a new office for LifeBanc, a nonprofit organ- and tissue-recovery organization in northeast Ohio. Ms. Culp said more donors are needed. It was an anonymous donor who made her surgeries possible, she added.

Ms. Culp, 47, was released from the Cleveland Clinic several weeks ago after undergoing face transplant surgery. She was shot by her husband in 2004 in a failed murder-suicide that left her with extensive damage to her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye.

Ms. Culp says she is doing well and returns to the clinic for regular check-ups.