The very first American face transplant recipient. Her husband, Tom Culp, fired a gun at her face in 2004, necessitating her surgery.
Prior to her face transplant, she went through thirty other facial surgeries.
Her surgeon, Maria Siemionow, performed a twenty-two-hour-long, groundbreaking procedure that replaced Culp's face with that of a deceased donor.
Her husband, Tom Culp, was convicted of her attempted murder in 2005. She had a fraternal twin sister named Bonnie Oberlin.
She stated in a 2009 episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show that, at her daughter's urging, she had decided not to return to her husband after his prison release.