Who is Connie Culp? (First Face Transplant Dies) Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Career, Net Worth, Many More Facts

Connie Culp
Connie Culp

Connie Culp Wiki – Connie Culp Biography

Connie Culp (born March 26, 1963) is the first US recipient of a partial facial transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in December 2008.Connie Culp, the woman who had the first hundred transplants at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, died.

Connie Culp  Facial disfigurement

Culp was shot by her husband Thomas G. “Tom” Culp in September 2004 in a failed murder suicide at his bars in Hopedale, Ohio. He also survived and was sentenced to an aggravated murder attempt with a seven-year prison sentence in 2005. An Oprah episode where his daughter no longer plans to wait for her ex-husband after asking her, “Mother, what kind of example would you be for me if you go back to the man who hit her face?”


Shotgun explosion destroyed Culp’s nose, cheeks, roof of his mouth, and eyes. On 10 December 2008, he had 30 operations before face transplant. Surgeon Maria Siemionow led a team of doctors in a 22-hour operation, where 80 percent of Culp’s face was replaced by another woman who died recently.

His nose was rebuilt and some deformities were repaired in the operation. Associated Press says that Culp is able to breathe and eat solid food after transplant, and “Ms. Culp’s statements are still a little wood, and she is almost blind (right eye prosthesis, left eye damaged), but still can speak, smile, smell and taste food and braille, his speech is difficult to understand.

Culp performed the last facial surgery in 2010 and regained most of its facial function, including the ability to smile, speak and feel facial sensations due to the regrowth of facial nerves.

Connie Culp Dies

Connie Culp, the woman who had the first hundred transplants at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, died.
The clinic confirmed the sad news that came to WJW on Thursday evening.
Frank Papay, head of the Cleveland Clinic’s Institute of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, made the following statement:

  •  “Connie was an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many. Her strength was evident in the fact that she had been the longest-living face transplant patient to date. She was a great pioneer and her decision to undergo a sometimes-daunting procedure is an enduring gift for all of humanity.”

Dr.Paay was part of Connie’s surgical team and has led the care since it first came to the Cleveland Clinic more than 12 years ago. In 2008, doctors at the Clinic performed the first 22-hour procedure on Culp, who experienced severe facial injuries towards the gun.

Culp from Hopedale, Ohio, showed his new face in 2009.