Woman Doused With Lye Reveals New Face

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(AP)–A Vermont woman whose ex-husband doused her with industrial-strength lye in 2007, disfiguring her, has revealed her new face.

Carmen Blandin Tarleton of Thetford, who had a face transplant, spoke at
a news conference Wednesday at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The 44-year-old mother of two says she's in a better place than she
could have imagined after the attack. She says she's telling her story
so others can find strength to escape their own pain.

Miranda Righter, whose mother's face was used for the donation, told
Tarleton she looked beautiful. She says she's overjoyed that she can see
her mother's skin and freckles again.

The hospital says more than 30 surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses
worked for more than 15 hours to replace Tarleton's skin, muscles,
tendons and nerves.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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