Her story is incredible.
BY MEGAN FRIEDMAN AUG 14, 2018
Katie Stubblefield lost her face at 18, when she attempted to take her own life, shooting herself in the face with a rifle. At 21, she received a transplant at the Cleveland Clinic, making her the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a face transplant. Her story, “The Story of a Face,” is the cover story of National Geographic’s September issue.
Adrea Schneider, who died of a drug overdose, was the donor for Stubblefield’s face transplant.
COURTESY THE BENNINGTON FAMILY / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
After the surgery was complete, Stubblefield had three major follow-up surgeries and extensive rehab treatment, and will have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life. Her parents are looking into eye transplants for her next, so her eyesight can be restored. The U.S. Department of Defense is partially funding her care so doctors can apply lessons from her transplant to help wounded soldiers.