The youngest girl to ever obtain a face transplant practically broke down in tears as she met the grandmother of the girl whose face she now bears.
Katie Stubblefield, 21, made historical past on Could 4, 2017 as she underwent a 31-hour surgical procedure to revive her face construction after she shot herself underneath the chin in a botched suicide try.
After eight months and 22 days of restoration, she lastly got here nose to nose with Sandra Bennington, the girl who made the life altering choice to donate the face of her granddaughter Adrea Schnieder, a mother-of-one who died of a drug overdose at 31.
The center-moving reunion was filmed within the Nationwide Geographic Documentary
After eight months and 22 days of restoration, Katie Stubblefield (proper) lastly got here nose to nose with Sandra Bennington (left), the grandmother who made the life-changing choice to donate her granddaughterXCHARXs face to the 21 12 months outdated
Within the movie Sandra walks into the Stubblefield’s household house with a smile on her face and says: ‘Who is that this beautiful individual?’ upon seeing Katie sitting on the lounge sofa.
The 2 hug as they share introductions.
‘It is so good to satisfy you. You look stunning,’ Sandra says holding Katie’s hand.
Though Adrea Schneider (above) was a registered organ donor, Sandra, who adopted her when she was simply 11, needed to approve the usage of her extremities
‘I am so completely happy I might meet you. Thanks a lot to your kindness and simply, what you’ve got given me,’ Katie says.
‘It is your present. It’s,’ Sandra reassures as Katie is overcome with emotion and getting ready to tears.
‘Your granddaughter was stunning,’ Katie’s mom Alesia Stubblefield says.
Sandra, Katie and her mother and father then maintain palms and share a prayer.
Later within the transferring documentary Katie and her household go to Sandra with flowers on Mom’s Day to share their thanks but once more.
KatieXCHARXs household discovered they obtained a donor in Could 2017 shortly after Adrea SchneiderXCHARXs demise.
Adrea died on the age of 31, abandoning a son. Though she was a registered organ donor, Sandra needed to approve the usage of her extremities.
Sandra adopted Adrea when she was simply 11 as a result of her momXCHARXs drug habit. Two years after she was adopted, AdreaXCHARXs mom handed away.
XCHARXAdrea, we did not all the time get alongside, you know the way itXCHARXs with household. However we have been in a position to spend a time collectively within the 12 months or six months earlier than she handed away. If Adrea was keen to donate her organs, why would she want a face?XCHARX Sandra stated within the documentary.
Historic: Katie Stubblefield tried to take her personal life in March 2014 with a rifle. On Could 4, 2017, she turned the youngest individual ever to obtain a face transplant. Pictured: Katie (left) aged 17, eight months earlier than her tried suicide; and (proper) at 22, a 12 months after her transplant
Katie (pictured, left, earlier than her operation and, proper, after) is the 40th individual on the planet to obtain a face transplant, and the third on the Cleveland Clinic
‘I nonetheless wrestle with that now and again. It was one thing I did not count on. I thought of it, prayed about it, that is the precise factor to take action one thing else can have, possibly, a greater life. That is what made my choice,’ she added.
Talking on the life-changing present Katie’s mom Alesia stated: ‘I knew it was going to take somebody particular to provide their daughter’s or granddaughter’s or wives face so another person might stay.’
Katie tried to take her personal life on March 2014 with a rifle, destroying her face.
She is the 40th individual on the planet to obtain a face transplant and the youngest to in historical past.
In keeping with Nationwide Geographic, AdreaXCHARXs 15-year-old son is aware of that his mom has saved the lives of seven folks because of her organ donation, however he nonetheless does not know her face was used.
Nevertheless, Katie is not going to appear to be Adrea as a result of the face molds to her physique.
Nonetheless, such a metamorphosis is a psychological ordeal that defies our total understanding of our sense of self.
Katie was given hours of remedy and psychological screening to make sure she was prepared for such a step previous to her Could 4, 2017 operation.
Her surgical procedure was a historic one involving 11 surgeons, digital actuality methods, and in a single day work amounting to a painstaking 31-hour operation.