Photo by Maggie Steber. Robb and Alesia Stubblefield hold their 21-year-old daughter Katie in January 2018, eight months and 23 days after Katie received a face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. Katie shot her face off in a suicide attempt in 2014 at age 18 due to a number of issues that caused her desperate attempt. After numerous surgeries and long hours of psychotherapy to prepare her for eligibility for a face transplant, Katie and her family awaited a miracle: a donor face. One finally came and in May 2017 Katie received a new face in a 31-hour procedure. Throughout this process her parents stood by her, learning everything they could about face transplants, medical procedures, medicines and numerous kinds of physical therapy. Their lives have changed from being teachers to being ardent advocates for their child, accompanying her to daily visits with doctors and physical and speech therapists. They learned how to give her medications through a tube leading to her stomach. In their most important role they kept the spirits of Katie and themselves up through their faith in God and faith in Katie's team of surgeons. They became warriors for their daughter in roles that continue even until today. You can read about Katie's story in the September issue of @natgeo magazine..Story of a Face. Please share the story and the following hotlines and donor websites: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255. Register on this Organ Donor site: https://registerme.org/ Donors can save many lives as it did Katie's. @ljohnphoto@viiphoto#organdonor@suicidehotline#clevelandclinic. See link to the story in my bio.
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Photo by @maggiesteber // Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she was 18. At 21 she received a face transplant that gave her another chance. It's a difficult story to look at. We're asking you to go on this journey because it reveals something profound about our humanity. See our Instagram story to learn more. If you will go on to the @natgeo Instagram story you can see many more pictures and get a sense for the fuller story so please check that out because it's quite powerful. In order to see various aspects of this story go to: @natgeo and look at their IG story. OR click on to the link in my bio. There are many different versions if you go to the Internet including a video interview with Katie using subtitles so you can really understand what she is saying.
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