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Carmen Tarleton Face Transplant Unveiled Years After Attack (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: Lye Attack Survivor Reveals Face Transplant

Carmen Tarleton, whose then-estranged husband attacked her with industrial-strength lye that disfigured her face, revealed the results of a face transplant at a news conference on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old former nurse and mother of two from Vermont underwent surgery in February, nearly six years after the attack that left her with burns to 80 per cent of her body.

Because Tarleton’s immune system had so many antibodies from previous blood transfusions and surgeries, it took 14 months to find a donor, according to CNN. She had undergone over 50 surgeries in the years prior to the transplant.

After the procedure, her body began to reject the transplant and if it continued, doctors may have had to remove it, the Boston Globe said. They managed to save the day with a reduced dose of a potentially hazardous drug.

Tarleton can now smile, and expects to be able to make other facial expressions in the future. A pain in her neck has also subsided. She remains blind in one eye, and will need follow-up operations and a lifetime of medication.

“I get to feel my mother's skin again and see her freckles and through you I get to see my mother live on. This is truly a blessing,” she said.

Tarleton wrote a book about her experience called "Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed," and has said she has forgiven her ex-husband, Herbert Rodgers, for the attack.

Warning: This gallery contains pre- and post-face transplant images that may be sensitive to some readers

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