With a new face, she can be a human being again

When the Cleveland Clinic announced it had performed the country’s first face transplant — on a severely deformed woman in December — rumors quickly spread that the recipient was probably a former bar owner in this tiny town of 800 a little more than an hour from Pittsburgh. Residents were hopeful the recipient was Connie Culp, 46, whose face was horribly disfigured in 2004 when her husband shot her in the face with a shotgun in an attempted murder-suicide inside the couple’s Main Street bar, sadly named — in retrospect — the OK Corral.

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