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Connie Culp still thinks about how she used to look, she says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2009 10:06 AM CDT
In this undated photo from the Cleveland Clinic, the transplant team performs the first face transplant surgery in the US on patient Connie Culp.   (AP Photo/Cleveland Clinic-HO)
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(Newser) – The woman who had the nation's first face transplant still thinks about how she looked before her husband shot her in a failed murder-suicide attempt in 2004—but she forgives him, she said in an interview today with Good Morning America. It was the smell of soap that made Connie Culp realize her new face was working, she said; she now feels great walking down the street.

But she also offered a warning to other women. "If your husband threatens you in any way, it's going to get worse. If somebody points something at you and they say they're going to do it, eventually they're going to do it." (Read more face transplant stories.)