Walking proudly in front of reporters and cameras, Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 44-year old mother of two, showed off her new face.
She received a face transplant in February of this year after being burned with industrial strength lye by her now ex husband. Tarleton said the transplant instantly relieved the pain she suffered in her neck area.
A team of doctors and surgeons worked for about 17 hours to complete the surgery.
The lead transplant surgeon said Tarleton's case was special because her immune system had already rejected the donor tissue at the time of transplant.
Doctors say Tarleton will eventually gain control over her face muscles and sensation will gradually return to her face.