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    In this Sept. 14, 2010, file photo, Connie Culp, the nation€™s first partial face transplant recipient, speaks with the Associated Press at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. Jason Miller/AP Photo Connie Culp, the first patient in the US to receive a partial face transplant, died July 29 of an unrelated infection, according to the Associated Press. The ground-breaking surgery was performed in 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic — Culp had previously had more than 30 surgeries after her husband shot her in the face in 2004 in an attempted murder.  A medical team took 22 hours to replace 80% of Culp's face, after which she was able to talk, smile, and enjoy food again. The surgery was the...
    (CNN)Connie Culp, the first person in the US to receive a near-total face transplant, has died, according to the Cleveland Clinic, where the procedure was performed in 2008. She was 57 years old.Culp died Wednesday of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant, Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Andrea Pacetti told CNN. "Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many," said Dr. Frank Papay, chair of Cleveland Clinic's Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, who was part of Connie's surgical team. "Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant patient to date," Papay said in a statement. "She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo a sometimes daunting procedure...