Special Report

Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she attempted suicide at 18. The images that tell her story are difficult to look at—but her remarkable journey reveals something profound about our humanity. It’s a story of trauma, identity, resilience, devotion, and medical miracles.

NatGeo Suicide

Click on the image to read Kathie`s message on suicide prevention

This story is difficult to look at. Yet we are asking you to go on the remarkable journey of how a young woman received a face transplant because it reveals something profound about our humanity. Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she was 18. When she was 21, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio gave her a new one. National Geographic: Kathie`s New Face

Personal Note: Today, this story appeared in my email from National Geographic subscription at the most opportune time when I am feeling despair, and one of the triggers is due to my disability application on mental illness being rejected. When it comes to mental illness disability, there is a HUGE bureaucracy in filing a claim from completing forms upon forms, testing after testing, change of medication, series of educational therapy. At the moment, I don`t know what to do. 

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