All jokes aside, the French woman who received a new face has come out of hiding and has begun to face the media. It’s a good thing, too. Because now we can read about how she ended up with a new face and that once the thing took, she was able to start smoking again.
While I marvel at the fact that doctors have figured out a way to actually do this, this particular woman’s story (which I got wind of on Rachel Maddow’s show about a month ago) has made me mumble the phrase, “What the hell?” all too many times.
She took some sleeping pills after having a “rough week.” While nearly unconcious, she tripped and fell. She went down and then her dog chewed her face off. Now, the part that gets me every damn time is she didn’t realize she HAD NO FACE until she tried to light a cigarette. (Read here.)
Anyway, she got a new face from a donor who actually succeeded in killing herself. (Sorry, that was uncalled for, the face transplant recipient woman hasn’t actually answered the question as to whether she was trying to kill herself.) The dog was put to sleep. She can now smoke again. I see her on Oprah within the year.
I don’t presume to know what this woman went through and continues to go through. But if I saw some chick smoking with a family member’s donated face, I think the phrase, “Bitch, gimme that face back!” might be in order.