In February 2013, Carmen Blandin Tarleton underwent a full face transplant procedure at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Tarleton, a registered nurse and mother of two from Vermont, was severely disfigured by her estranged husband in 2007 when he beat her and doused her in industrial strength lye, resulting in burns over 80% of her body. She has undergone more than 50 surgeries since the incident.
A team of 30 surgeons worked to perform the face transplant during a 15-hour surgery. At first her body rejected the new face, but a powerful medication was able to overcome the rejection. Tarleton will need to take anti-rejection medication for the rest of her life.
Tarleton's face transplant was the fifth such procedure performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital.