It’s 1:32 am
Last Tuesday I made my weekly run to the library. As usual,I was a bit early so I stood in the magazine section while I waited for other regulars Most of the time I look at Reader’s Digest or a plane magazine. Something quick to read because 3:00 comes quickly and I don’t want to be caught in the middle of a great article when the door opens.
But this month’s National Geographic caught my eye,it showed a young person who looking to get a new face. I took it down and saw the picture of Katie Stubblefield,I knew she had been shot but that was all I knew.
I stood there and started to read the story and looking at her pictures….she was 18 when despondent over her boyfriend talking to another girl,she locked herself in her older brother’s bathroom,stuck a high powered .308 hunting rifle under her chin and literally shot her face off.
The pictures of what a .308 shell can do is incredible,to even know that Katie is alive after shooting herself is a modern medical miracle. But to get a new face…the Nat Geo story follows Katie as she has waited for 3 years to become the 40th and youngest face transplant in the United States. This was the Cleveland Clinic’s 3rd such operation and it took over 30 HOURS to finish.
I decided to share the link to the Stubblefield’s story because its an amazing one as you’ll meet both Katie but her donor,Adrea,who in death,also lives with and in Katie.
The article branches out and talks about the various aspects about face transplants,including how the Pentagon ended up paying for a lot of Katie’s treatment which will run into the millions. It’s a long read but a most important story that needs to be read and shared.
You’ll be asked to provide a email addy in order to read any story on National Geographic’s website,the story is free to read. The issue in which this story is featured is on sale and I hope to pick up a copy soon.
Read the story by clicking here.
If you or anyone you may know are thinking about suicide,I highly recommend an overdose as the method instead of shooting one’s self.
I know I’ll get some heat for posting that but then again,do I care? I understand that for some,suicide is an viable option and as someone who lives and thinks about it everyday,I don’t pass any judgement one way or another.
The other option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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