Transplant team at work

In this undated handout photo from the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000137" title="Cleveland Clinic" href="/topic/health/healthcare/cleveland-clinic-PLCUL000137.topic">Cleveland Clinic</a>, the transplant team performs the first face transplant surgery in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000001" title="United States" href="/topic/politics/government/national-government/united-states-ORGOV0000001.topic">the U.S.</a> on patient Connie Culp. The 46-year-old mother of two lost most of the midsection of her face to a gunshot in 2004. The initial surgery by the Cleveland Clinic team took place in December 2008. Left to right are, Doctors Risal Djohan, head surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow and Daniel Alam.

( Photo provided by Cleveland Clinic )

In this undated handout photo from the Cleveland Clinic, the transplant team performs the first face transplant surgery in the U.S. on patient Connie Culp. The 46-year-old mother of two lost most of the midsection of her face to a gunshot in 2004. The initial surgery by the Cleveland Clinic team took place in December 2008. Left to right are, Doctors Risal Djohan, head surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow and Daniel Alam.

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