Sunday, May 10, 2009
Why we shouldn't judge people.
Many times we tend to judge people by their looks. But some can be especially mean with somebody who has a disfigurement and who don't look as pretty as they do. But please, don't judge them because you never know what happened to them.
Take for example Connie Culp from Unionport. She was shot in the face by her husband, who also tried to kill himself afterwards but probably has the worst aim because he also failed to kill himself!
The blast shattered Connie's nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye. Hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellet and bone splinters were embedded in her face. She needed a tube into her windpipe to breathe. Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left.
She endured 30 operations to try to fix her face. Doctors took parts of her ribs to make cheekbones and fashioned an upper jaw from one of her leg bones. She had countless skin grafts from her thighs. Still, she was left unable to eat solid food, breathe on her own, or smell.
The surgeon that did the reconstruction had difficulty because there was really an entire mid-face missing and there was no way they can reconstruct with conventional means, so another team of doctors replaced 80 percent of Culp's face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who had just died.
This 46-year-old woman expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish, and her skin droops in big folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating her new muscles.
It was very sad that Connie were called names, and was humiliated. But with her new face now, there is hope that one day she will be able to go out comfortably from her house and enjoy the things which we normal people take for granted.
How about the husband? Well he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Yes, just seven years!!!! Damn, a man can get 7-15 years just by selling pirated CDs...now does anyone else find this disturbing?