Face Transplant Patient Happy With New Look

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- The woman who had the nation's first face transplant says it was the smell of soap that made her realize her new face was functioning as it should.

Connie Culp also says she still thinks about how she looked before her husband shot her in a murder-suicide attempt in 2004.

In an interview Friday with ABC's "Good Morning America," the 46-year-old Ohio woman said she forgives her husband, who went to prison for seven years.

The blast shattered her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye.

With the new face, Culp said she feels great walking down the street.

Culp came forward this week at a news conference at the Cleveland Clinic, where doctors in December replaced 80 percent of her face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who had just died.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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