In Part One of a two-part series of articles, Alam reviews the events that led up to the surgery, including a discussion of donor selection and preparing the patient emotionally for the procedure.
Alam: There is a lot of additional recovery for a face transplant patient. That is why it is important for a patient to be local because all the people on the care team need to see her. It wouldn’t make sense for a patient to come to us from Germany for an operation like this. Connie lives about 100 miles away, and she comes for postsurgical visits at least once a month.
Face Transplantation – First in the US Done (December 18, 2008)
Cleveland Clinic’s Connie Culp (May 6, 2009)
The Technical and Anatomical Aspects of the World's First Near-Total Human Face and Maxilla Transplant—an Article Review (December 7, 2009)