KATIE Stubblefield was the youngest ever person to receive a face transplant.
Here we look at her amazing story, from nearly dying to an extraordinary facial surgery.
Cleveland Clinic Thanks to her incredible surgery, Katie Stubblefield is forging a new life
Who is Katie Stubblefield?
The 21-year-old lost her face after shooting herself aged 18 in her brother’s bathroom in Mississippi, USA.
She can’t remember doing it but it did come after a series of personal setbacks which included finding out her boyfriend was texting another girl and she had recently undergone surgery for a painful gut condition.
What did she look like before her face transplant?
Miss Stubblefield survived but was left fighting for life.
She had lost her forehead, nose and sinuses.
Her mouth was also gone except for the corners of her lips.
Meanwhile much of the bones that make up the jaws and front of her face.
Her eyes remained – but they were askew and badly damaged.
Stubblefield family photo/Martin Schoeller The final result may not look exactly like she did, but it did gave her a face
What was involved in her face transplant?
On May 4, 2017, Cleveland Clinic surgeons sewed on to her the face of mother-of-one Adrea Schneider, 31, who died of a drug overdose.
The 31 hour operation was the longest of its kind ever carried out.
As well as having a face, she can now chew, swallow and breathe independently for the first time in years.
The op had been paid for by the US Department of Defence through the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine.