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Stubblefield's brother told National Geographic that he found his sister upstairs, "and her face was gone".

Facebook/Katie Stubblefield Katie Stubblefield is the youngest person ever to have a full face transplant, after a failed suicide attempt left her without a face.

Five weeks after the incident, Stubblefield was brought to Cleveland Clinic. But she asks the reader to continue with her on a deep dive that weaves together Stubblefield's journey with reflections on what our face says about who we are and background on how such a surgery is even possible. We're so happy to report that the transplant was successful - what a miracle!

Gastman said that in his 27 years of training and practice this was one of the worst face traumas he'd ever seen. Afterward, "I felt so guilty that I had put my family through such pain".

Full and partial face transplants, still considered experimental surgeries, involve replacing all or parts of a person's face with donated tissue from a deceased donor.

Her brother kicked in the bathroom door and found a girl who Connors writes "could have walked off the cover of Seventeen magazine" now without her nose, mouth, and much of her jaws; her eyes remained but no longer aligned; she had suffered traumatic brain injury. Her story appear in September's National Geographic magazine.

It was the first total face transplant for the hospital, which became the first in the U.S.to perform a face transplant of any kind 2008.

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The hospital declined to identify Stubblefield after the surgery a year ago, but released a statement from the transplant recipient.

"Knowing this patient now has the opportunity to live a functional life because of her face transplant is the greatest reward", Dr. Gastman, said in a statement.

During the surgery, Stubblefield received a new nose, lips, palate, eyelids, and jaw, as well as a new facial cover. "She can try to save other young lives". "This surgery can give her back the self-esteem and confidence she lost".

But after 22 operations and her final face transplant she has made a decision to spread her message to help others suffering with suicidal thoughts.

"So many people have helped me; now I want to help other people", she said.

She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide prevention, echoing what she told CNN: "Life is precious, and life is lovely".

Those struggling with suicidal thoughts can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, which is available 24 hours a day, or be connected with the Crisis Text Line by texting "HOME" to 741741 for free 24/7 support.

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