Coping with our daughter's new face - BBC News

  • Published on Oct 8, 2018
  • Katie and her parents describe what it has been like adjusting to life since she underwent a face transplant last year.
    Colm Flynn interviewed the family in Cleveland, where the 22-year-old is recovering.
    Edited by Angélica M Casas
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  • Amarjit Sapam
    Amarjit Sapam 3 years ago +2368

    I'm going through a terrible breakup now with intermittent suicidal tendencies. This video has opened my eyes. Life is too precious! I hope she gets all the strength to carry on life. 💙💙💙

    • Coconut Orange
      Coconut Orange 7 days ago

      Its stupid thing to do to be depressed bc of break up its not the end of the world if u break up and this is not the only human in life there is lot of chances for u in life with other ppl do mot ever get attached to someone even if u love them bc that mean u r emotionally weak u depend on other for love ,no love god then your self ,stay strong and keep praying why would u damage ur life for someone leaves u ,put a value to your dignity

    • Alhazen Media
      Alhazen Media 13 days ago

      Take it easy Amarjit. Always think of people less fortunate than us and that will make you feel better.

    • Ebba
      Ebba 17 days ago

      Hope you are in a better place now.

    • hippy_soul
      hippy_soul 5 months ago

      You would be a looser if you do soo a breakup.. Life if beautiful.. Some people don't have that either...!! Love your self more than anyone

    • Darren Henderson
      Darren Henderson 10 months ago

      How are you now?

  • Amazing Supergirl
    Amazing Supergirl Year ago +5513

    If you’re a struggling teenager, please believe me that in five years those problems will mean so little to you that you’ll barely remember them.

    • Nikita Sharma
      Nikita Sharma 10 days ago

      True and i believe in this

    • Sanya Stern
      Sanya Stern 10 days ago

      And tell someone about it!!! Don't be silent if you are suffering

    • Yasmeen Dashan
      Yasmeen Dashan 15 days ago

      But what if one teenager got himself in trouble that is cannot be solved.... He will damage his life and his family...... Teenagers' awarness must take a place wider and faster.

    • DaveLzi7
      DaveLzi7 Month ago

      Well said

    • An lace
      An lace Month ago

      not necessarily. A person who develops a clinical depression or anxiety problem in the teen years may very often have to endure it all of their lives.

  • Kaylee Hill
    Kaylee Hill Year ago +1442

    My cousin sadly made the same decision as Katie. He survived and underwent a lot of facial reconstruction surgeries. He struggled with addiction and eventually died of overdose. In between relapses he blessed us with his soul though. He could make anyone laugh and just had a way of making friends with everyone. Miss him very much.

    • Claire M
      Claire M 7 days ago

      how tragic

    • Coconut Orange
      Coconut Orange 7 days ago

      Its really weird how social ppl are depressed idk why they do not talk

    • Donna Lawrence
      Donna Lawrence Month ago

      My condolences even though this happened awhile back.

    • Dave A
      Dave A Month ago +1

      @kev 1) You were incorrect by writing the "the first amendment", it was the second amendment.
      2) It is time that we here in the USA created gun laws similar to those in Australia.

  • Irm Pen Rie
    Irm Pen Rie 11 months ago +498

    My father lost part of his face (chin, mouth and part of the nose) in world war II, when he was 25 years old. After a dozend chirurgical reconstructions in Vienna university hospital he met my mother and they had three children, one of them is me. I never thought of my father as a unnormal looking person, because I couldn't imagine him looking different than I was used to. I loved him so much, because he was the most loving and caring father and an most inspiring and supporting teacher and head of school. He was a wonderful grandfather for my three kids, and he finally died at the age of 94. Me and all his family and friends still miss him so much. Please darling, don't look back! Look forward to all the love and joy and fun, that is still going to happen to you - and look forward to all the positive inspirations and feelings you will give to other people. Hope you live and love your life!

    • FLH
      FLH 9 days ago


    • Delicia S. P
      Delicia S. P 2 months ago +5

      God Bless you and your family. Such wonderful inspiring words. Love from India ❤️

    • Özgür Öztürk
      Özgür Öztürk 4 months ago +5

      You are a very good hearted person as you shared your true and motivating story

    • Aneela Saeed
      Aneela Saeed 8 months ago +13

      May your loving father rest in eternal peace. Amin

    • damo
      damo 9 months ago +16

      Beautiful words.

  • Your Mom
    Your Mom 9 months ago +476

    I tried taking my life in 2010 and they they actually lost me for a minute. When they resuscitated me and I remember at the time being so angry that they didn’t just let me die. I ended up in ICU and hospitalized for almost a month. At that time I truly did not want to be here because the pain I was In Was so unbearable that I didn’t think that it would ever go away. I’m so glad the paramedics saved me. To this day I wish I could track them down and thank them. And every day I’m so grateful to be here. Things can get better. I’m 40 now and I’m probably the happiest And healthiest I’ve ever been in my life and I’m doing all the things that I love that I put off for years due to depression.. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Don’t ever give up!. It might not seem like it in the moment, but it will get better❤️ life’s a rollercoaster full of ups and downs. But it’s beautiful.

    • Ebba
      Ebba 17 days ago


    • nootrac goose
      nootrac goose Month ago

      So happy you are here.

    • DUNYO
      DUNYO 5 months ago +1

      @JB Maitre Желаю тебе всего хорошего 😘

    • Samantha D
      Samantha D 6 months ago +2

      Love your attitude! What a wonderful person you are. Enjoy life. Be happy every chance you get. YOU deserve it. Blessings…

    • JB Maitre
      JB Maitre 7 months ago +3

      @LINDA LOGAN Thank-you Linda ❤ ❤ xxx

  • Adam Francisco
    Adam Francisco 2 years ago +4369

    She truly was a beautiful woman. This is a heartbreaking story.

  • Ms. Mittens Meow Meow
    Ms. Mittens Meow Meow 11 months ago +348

    When she said "lifes is a gift, a wonderful tremendous gift", her mom didnt look convinced. Her mom is clearly affected by having her daughter change faces 3 times in her short life. PTSD, suicide and attempts have a ripple effect. I'm glad she is alive because she wants to be alive, that's clear. I hope her dreams come true. I hope her mom finds some peace too.

    • Asiha Craig
      Asiha Craig 13 days ago

      @Ar Pa I Don't Disagree with you, but that Mentality isn't in everyone.

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago

      @Asiha Craig ok, maybe if some really good heart person would want her, but present world is shallow and cruel and we need to remember about that... :(

    • Sunrise
      Sunrise Month ago +2

      @Charles Abramson blind people can still do many things and no need to be rude to people who were suicidal that’s really messed up

    • Charles Abramson
      Charles Abramson Month ago

      @Sunrise it's realistic

  • Daisy Cassidy
    Daisy Cassidy Year ago +1445

    How ironic that one girl had to die to save another girl who tried to kill herself. Such an awful and sad story. Rest in peace, Andrea.

      WAFFEN COLLIDER Month ago

      It's scary how dumb some people really are. I've never seen so much "Idiocracy" and "Zoolander" type moments but in the last 5 years. They really thought one girl was sacrificed for the other.

    • Celia Jimenez
      Celia Jimenez Month ago

      You are correct Daisy… very sad

    • areola grandes poop
      areola grandes poop 2 months ago

      @jonas rmb exactly bunch of children

    • Millie Hunt
      Millie Hunt 3 months ago

      @Veronica sawyer 😂

  • CR Bailey
    CR Bailey 10 months ago +253

    The way she jumped when her mother clapped her hands was heartbreaking 🥺

    • van man
      van man Month ago +3

      I thought that too... Why tf did she have to clap her hands with a blind girl & especially one who is your daughter....

    • 1BigWoRLd
      1BigWoRLd 2 months ago +12

      I went back to see this and its true, even her dad noticed her jump
      her brain is traumatized any noise similar to the gunshot will cause this reaction
      its sad 😢

    • Amrita Davies
      Amrita Davies 7 months ago +11

      Literally Just saw that! 🥺 That’s so sad! 😔

    • Tannya
      Tannya 8 months ago +26

      Truly traumatizing. So inconsiderate

    • B B
      B B 8 months ago +29

      Wow. Just saw that. Well one reason is because she can't see and that would be jarring but also, of course, she likely remembers that sound. Truly awful.

  • Prakash Meena
    Prakash Meena 10 months ago +291

    Depression is no joke, stop judging her, you can never imagine the amount of pain going on inside one's head, constant and with hopelessness, it leaves you with a strange feeling that screams in your head that you're unloved, not worthy, have no future and it makes you anxious constantly and any time it roars high and suddenly changes your thoughts from normal to extreme that then can change your determined decesions into hopelessness, life will be never like before and you constantly blame yourself for everything, you get triggered by tiny thoughts literally anytime and you won't be able to do things in which you were very good/best, and you can't think clearly, your thought process changes and literally everything changes EVERYTHING, so stop judging her, you don't know what it's like to be depressed.
    And it can happen to ANYONE!

    • No Middle Name NMN
      No Middle Name NMN 10 days ago

      Peace and joy to her and her loved ones.

    • Garrus Vakarian
      Garrus Vakarian 13 days ago

      @Ar Pa what she says and what she had could be two completely different things. She had depression.

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago

      @Garrus Vakarian she said that in the one interview

    • Garrus Vakarian
      Garrus Vakarian 13 days ago

      @Ar Pa how the fuck do you know?

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago

      @Garrus Vakarian but she didn't have a depression, it was an attempt

  • Best Coast Gemma
    Best Coast Gemma 2 months ago +20

    My heart breaks for her, her family and for the life lost of the young facial donor. Depression is real, feeling so hopeless you point a gun at your face and pull the trigger, is no small things nor is it “easy”. Life is more complex than that; let’s not judge what we don’t know (someone else’s story and struggle). Nobody “deserves” this.

  • Who's Your Daddy?
    Who's Your Daddy? Year ago +160

    Let me just say this as a mature (old) person who's lived through all sorts of these types of disappointments of all kinds....I can say with 100% certainty that I am seriously GLAD the relationships that didn't "work out"...did not "work out"! It may take years to arrive at that conclusion but I can 100% say I am better off that they did NOT! I have become a much stronger person for living without them and becoming the strong person I am! Onward and upward! Slough it off and move on! You're more important than any one person's attention or letting their rejection or meanness or lack of desire for you push you to destroying your precious life...and it is precious! So don't blow may not get that second chance!

    • Moody Fuck
      Moody Fuck 8 months ago +1

      You say all that. Wait until they mess up your McDonald's order then it's going to be "wtf is this sht why can't you get things right???"

  • SWS
    SWS 2 months ago +15

    This is one of the most heart wrenching stories ive ever heard, When I was in my early 20s I broke up with my girlfriend and was depressed to the point of ending it and as a gun owner im really glad I reconsidered because there devistating and theres no coming back from it, This young womans strength and determination to go on after is remarkable and makes a person realize just how good life actually is inspite the difficulties. I wish for all the best for Katie and her family

  • Shawna Star
    Shawna Star Year ago +31

    I just ran across this story. I had never heard it before. As a survivor of a suicide attempt my heart breaks for this girl. My wounds are inside and the world can’t see them. I have lasting brain damage and must live my life with this as a consequence to my actions. I can’t imagine what it must be like for Katie having scars on the outside that the world can clearly see. I’m glad you got a second chance at life Katie. If anyone out there needs to hear it. Life is precious. Reach out for help if you are struggling. So many people don’t get a second chance to live. God bless this girl for sharing her story.

  • Denise Mezynski
    Denise Mezynski Year ago +56

    The mom is so brutally Honest and I Respect her for that. I don't know how I would be if a family member had a new face, it would be like the twilight zone. I have much Respect for this young girl!!

  • Lynne Rodgers
    Lynne Rodgers Year ago +19

    Love your honesty and determination! You go sweet girl, you can do it! Praying and rooting for you.

  • Genie Genie
    Genie Genie Year ago +98

    Quite a shocking story. What the surgeons did is astonishing. Hard to put anyone through this video, but it could actually save lives of young people going through breakups.

  • MannyBot -DEAF-
    MannyBot -DEAF- 11 months ago +24

    She has an awesome sense of humor, and I'm so glad she had the opportunity to take part of her life back. I hope her and her family are doing well today.

  • Marzena
    Marzena 3 years ago +3054

    This video made me realise how we all seem to underappreciate the actual functions a face has. When we see a face, we just tend to judge wether it is pretty or not, forgetting about the important purpose it serves: breathing, eating, drinking, speaking, seeing, smelling, expressing emotions, ... all of that is impaired for Katie now, despite having a transplant.

    • Airma_SJ
      Airma_SJ 7 months ago +3

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. You are very right!

    • GeorgeFloydsFake20 DollarBill
      GeorgeFloydsFake20 DollarBill 9 months ago

      @Don Bastardo haha nice trolling buddy keep up the good work!

    • Candice Farrington
      Candice Farrington 3 years ago +5

      I got bells pausey out of no where. Half my face stop working. That's when I started to appreciate a simple smile.

    • Nothing New
      Nothing New 3 years ago +2

      Yeah cause I’m not looking for a girl with a pretty face, I’m looking for a girl that can breath and eat.

  • Kayla Olson
    Kayla Olson Year ago +219

    I’ve tried to commit suicide 3 times and one of the times successfully did but I woke up out of a coma 3 days later and just cried because I was still here. I’m just so alone beside myself. I’m happy she got a second chance

    • Last Emperor
      Last Emperor 13 days ago

      Hey Kayla,how are you friend?

    • Bonnie Rainwater
      Bonnie Rainwater 2 months ago

      Your a beauty.......Reach out to friends and family.....Fight for Happiness....Please don't give up.

    • Cracker,Cookie&Cream
      Cracker,Cookie&Cream 2 months ago +1

      You got chance . Look Ukraine how terrible sad ... life precious . Good luck.

    • Greg Rickard
      Greg Rickard 2 months ago +1

      @Évan Raymond based on what verse of scripture? I'm curious, not confronting. There's lots of things floating around Christianity that just aren't in the bible.

    • a.s.ferrarini
      a.s.ferrarini 7 months ago

      Stay strong angel🤍

  • Kim Stacks
    Kim Stacks Year ago +7

    Surgeons did an amazing job on her face !! God bless her and her family 💕

  • Tim Tom
    Tim Tom Year ago +300

    People who are commenting that she's still beautiful are just plain evils in sheepskin.
    She's not a three legged shelter dog that needs your pity.
    What matters is that she's being loved and she values life like never before. She can do many amazing things in life and I'm sure she accepted that her beauty has gone forever.
    You don't have to look beautiful to be a wonderful human being and live a happy life.

    • Ethan
      Ethan 19 hours ago

      @Tim Tom so she isn't beautiful? isnt that more mean to say? your saying shes ugly then? wtf?

    • Katto Doggo
      Katto Doggo 3 days ago

      @Chey Lav she is not beautiful conventionally. Everybody saying to the person who has face deformation "Youre still beautiful" do the damage. Stop saying it. They know it's not true. It's not important to be called beautiful

    • Melisentia Pheiffer
      Melisentia Pheiffer 14 days ago +1

      @Tim Tom I agree!

  • Liya Vatansever
    Liya Vatansever 4 months ago +10

    I just burst to tears what a strong woman good luck to her 😭❤ and her loving family

  • Double Pleasure
    Double Pleasure 3 years ago +1541

    Let's not forget the young lady who died from an overdose, she is the reason she has a face today. Praying for both of their families. This is heartbreaking.

    • mel meliciana
      mel meliciana 2 years ago

      may i know what's the name of the overdose case

    • toyogo72
      toyogo72 2 years ago

      God blesses her soul 🙏

    • Aaron Amaral
      Aaron Amaral 3 years ago +1

      something always good comes out of a bad thing

    • Ziegler Family
      Ziegler Family 3 years ago

      Warmoog Abdi no like she did try the drug in the womb. The mom was on drugs when she was pregnant to the drugs went into the baby.

    • Pixelo
      Pixelo 3 years ago

      heavy story

  • Mary Morales
    Mary Morales 2 months ago +6

    She has the most supporting ppl in her life & that’s her parents. ❤️No breakup is worth losing your life girls. Stay strong. You’re amazing! Focus on the positives.

  • RMJ Movie Reviews
    RMJ Movie Reviews Year ago +26

    I had the pleasure of working with this family when I was an employee at Cleveland Clinic. I'm glad they're doing well, but it was shocking to say the least when seeing her back then. God bless.

  • Monika_Maya
    Monika_Maya 11 months ago +58

    Her father speaks so deeply with such meaning

  • Silenciobob
    Silenciobob Year ago +23

    Her parents seem like lovely people. This girl is blessed

  • Miriam Llamas
    Miriam Llamas Year ago +1548

    The doctors did such a wonderful job reconstructing her face.

    • Dave A
      Dave A Month ago +1

      @van man Prednisone is a dangerous drug, but sometimes required in certain medical cases.

    • Dave A
      Dave A Month ago +1

      @van man Most likely.

    • van man
      van man Month ago +2

      @Dave A I reckon that's how she's gained weight from taking that Prednisone as, it's a common side effect... She was a very slim girl prior to the operation....

    • Dave A
      Dave A Month ago +1

      It was a face transplant not a reconstruction. Unfortunately, they can't restore her sight and she will likely have to take prednisone for the rest of her life to prevent transplant rejection. The long-term side effects of prednisone are horrible. In 100 years from now I will bet that medicine will advance to the point where someone with this terrible injury could have his/her fully restored. Medicine is making advances every decade.

  • Destined Starr
    Destined Starr 7 months ago +19

    As bad as things were as a child I'm glad my dad told us the truth about males, relationships, I even learned because of how bad he treated my mom...this did save me in that area of life

  • Hotcake🧋
    Hotcake🧋 Year ago +8

    This proves that, no matter whatever the hell you go through in life, the two people who will never leave you and always be by your side are your dad and mom. So always love & respect them, no one matters more than your family. 🥺🥺💖❤️💖

  • K Francis
    K Francis 8 months ago +11

    Such a pretty and vivacious young girl. I'm sure she appreciates life on a spiritually different level than many of us.

  • No Mods No Laughter
    No Mods No Laughter 11 months ago +5

    Her parents are fantastic and you can tell they support her. I hope they can all find peace ❤️

  • The Art of Steve
    The Art of Steve 3 years ago +11279

    See at the end of the day, whos there for you? Its always your parents...not your friends, not your boyfriend or girlfriend, you family is there to help you. Respect them and be greatful for them

  • Shoney Williams
    Shoney Williams 10 months ago +6

    She sounds like a very sweet girl ❤ best of wishes to her on her healing journey

  • Ellyn
    Ellyn Month ago

    Amazing ! Katy you have such a positive attitude I am sure you will accomplish everything you set out to do. I love how your family is right there pulling for you too, you can never have too much positive support. Best wishes on your future endeavours

  • blah
    blah Year ago +50

    Her family are very supportive makes me wanna cry

  • Kamase
    Kamase 9 months ago

    What a wonderful supportive family. I'm wishing Katie and her family all the best.

  • Shadow S
    Shadow S Year ago +2206

    She was soooooo beautiful , no boy is worth hurting yourself like this for , lovely parents who love her unconditionally.

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago

      @Anwar Samia totally true, nobody marries beautiful heart

    • van man
      van man Month ago

      @Anwar Samia Say's you ?!

    • Christy Shultz
      Christy Shultz Month ago

      @Magga she is so beautiful just because it's not the same face doesn't mean she isn't any less beautiful. Now granted they really need to still work on the eyes but hey it's a recognizable face and there's really nothing wrong with it

  • SHANA♥️
    SHANA♥️ 9 months ago +6

    I thought this was from a car accident or something. Didn’t know it would be a suicide survival story 😓 I didn’t expect to cry and feel so deeply about this. 💕I’m happy she found solace in her life despite what she’s been through! 🙏🏽

  • Shasha8674
    Shasha8674 Year ago +8

    I pray she has a good life. People look different when older also and can still have a good life. God bless her!

  • Tania Smith
    Tania Smith 6 months ago +1

    Love her so much. Brave and strong. You are already helping people understand the beauty that life gives us. Amazing family and doctors.

  • Isabella
    Isabella Year ago +2

    I’m so glad this girl got a second chance at life. I’ve been in hospitals for various mental health problems since 2016 and recently I pushed mirror into my brain but I survived and it’s hard to come to terms with it but stories like this girls inspire me because hopefully things will eventually get better

    • Road Runner
      Road Runner Year ago +1

      I feel you. You are not alone Isabella.

  • Setumo Nyakale
    Setumo Nyakale 3 years ago +17856

    The scary part of attempting suicide is surviving it. Then having to live with such horrific consequences.

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago

      @Ch28 when you are unconscious you can't do anything

    • Ar Pa
      Ar Pa 13 days ago +1

      @яиду домой sometimes there's no external help, I tried to commit suicide twice, 0 help received, 0 support, anger and judgment from the doctors, family, and once you are there you still wanna die, just ppl don't share that with the others and tell bullsh1t what others wanna heae to have a peaceful environment and we wait for the better moments ti finish what we want

    • You Need Jesus
      You Need Jesus Month ago

      True that’s why I never attempted

  • Franki Savard
    Franki Savard 11 months ago +6

    Read this article in Times magazine. Pretty traumatic. My heart goes out to the young girl and her family. They also spoke of other face transplant recipients - thank goodness for specialists and organ donners.💕

  • MaryJ
    MaryJ 7 months ago +2

    God love this special life and her family. I hope one day she will find love and have a family of her own. She lost her original face, but gained a new world. Good luck with it Katie!

  • B H
    B H 10 months ago +1

    Wishing the best for Katie and her family. Continue creating beautiful memories together.

  • Machew Kruel
    Machew Kruel Year ago +485

    This is heart breaking, but life shouldn't be worth taking over 1 boy.

    • sejal saxena
      sejal saxena 2 months ago

      This really happens when you really lost yourself in a relationship

    • isyoudaddyboi
      isyoudaddyboi 10 months ago

      How about 2 boys?

    • Marty McFly
      Marty McFly 10 months ago

      @Justin Martyr your mother.

  • Katrien
    Katrien 3 years ago +979

    Congrats to the doctors. It's unbelievable what they can do.

    • Mary's Mother
      Mary's Mother 3 years ago

      @Daniel Tanner That already has happened. And guess what? Mental illness was to blame as was other factors. It wasn't the gun. So quit being a baby about it.

    • Daniel Tanner
      Daniel Tanner 3 years ago

      You know what’s really sad is that if she didn’t have access to a gun it would have never happened period

    • Lara Maruna
      Lara Maruna 3 years ago

      Well, they couldn't bring her real face back.

  • Sayre Wilkin-Dalby
    Sayre Wilkin-Dalby 9 months ago +3

    I've always been a reflective and emotional person and I've kept a journal for decades. It fascinates me now, in my 30s, to read back on things I had written that were so critical and essential to me at that time and now, are barely memories-often, not memories at all, but things I don't recall. Whatever you are going through, please do not to make permanent choices about momentary emotions. Life has a way of working itself out, and every thing that goes "wrong" is actually a necessary branch on the path to a beautiful future you don't even know of yet.

  • I am a Life-Changer
    I am a Life-Changer Year ago +12

    Was depressed when I was 19 and now I'm 23 and realized we really go through the process of questioning, seeking and confusion. Feels nothing now. Everything's gonna be okay youngsters. Overcome.

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbons Year ago +7

    God bless her. Hope she finds happiness in life.

  • thenumerouno
    thenumerouno 5 months ago +3

    When she said "this is like the beginning of another chapter" , it gave me literal chills knowing its going to be hard for her to live like that from thereon. 😢

  • stark industries
    stark industries 3 years ago +5472

    Wow speechless. Such a tragic story for a beautiful young lady.

    • Scot Mandel
      Scot Mandel 3 years ago

      OMG I'm offended!

    • someone667
      someone667 3 years ago

      Tragic for her parents maybe. Now they get to spend the rest of their lives taking care of a daughter who disregarded them in an attempt to end the life they spent raising.

    • LilaaRants
      LilaaRants 3 years ago

      Citrusmilk an accident is different but calling someone ugly is a no

    • Blue Skies
      Blue Skies 3 years ago

      oscarcat1231 while that comment is unbelievable , u all know it’s true , even the girl knows it’s true ,her face is deformed , but it doesn’t matter now. There are comments far worse saying they’re grateful for their own lives .

  • Lisa Carpenter
    Lisa Carpenter 6 months ago +1

    Poor lady, I hope she’s doing better now ❤️

  • Terry Fraatz
    Terry Fraatz 11 months ago

    What a sweet soul, God Bless her, her family and all those who made this possible. Turned such a hopeless, tragic situation into something positive and hopeful. Thank you for sharing this video with the world. Keep going Katie, you definitely are an inspiration!

  • corneisha Ratcliffe
    corneisha Ratcliffe Year ago +3

    Life is such a wonderful tremendous gift!! Peace and strength sent to you and your family

  • Peter Balac
    Peter Balac 9 months ago

    Let's not forget the fantastic work the hospitals, nurses, surgeons have done for this poor girl. Also the donor without her gift this would not have been possible ❤

  • Joy Ackerman
    Joy Ackerman 3 years ago +664

    It's _amazing_ how speech therapists help people like Katie develop ways to compensate for vowels and consonants traditionally formed with the tongue and teeth in order to make speech understandable. For example, Katie learned that blowing air through pressed lips or through the nose could form an "s" sound. Speech therapy is one hell of a job, especially for serious cases like this.

    • rusty shackleford
      rusty shackleford 3 years ago

      neverblv hey but is he?

    • Gabby S.
      Gabby S. 3 years ago +1

      What a great comment, thank you for this

    • Giddy Up
      Giddy Up 3 years ago

      @Jay Arre You're a troll

    • Joy Ackerman
      Joy Ackerman 3 years ago +2

      Jay Arre I dunno, Jay, I can catch on to what she's saying pretty well. I think the understanding is relative, but most seem to get it!

    • Giddy Up
      Giddy Up 3 years ago +2

      @Laura Magri ah yes of course...was pretty tired earlier and didn't even think of that side of it. Very delicate and intense operation for sure. Modern technology is amazing.

  • Star Light
    Star Light Year ago +6

    I absolutely love her fighting spirit!! This is also exceptional beauty that is rarely found in people in general 💥💯❤
    Blessings and light on your journey 🤎🤞🏾🤲🏾✊🏾

  • Mel
    Mel 10 months ago +2

    Hang in there, Katie. It was a mistake, no dispute. You are a beautiful soul.

  • Kia Moore
    Kia Moore 5 months ago

    Stay strong. It's almost unfathomable to think of the strength you had to forgive yourself then accept yourself with your whole life changed. Just wow. You're amazing.

  • May
    May 7 months ago +1

    Lately I’ve been struggling a lot with relationships. Being a teenager is super hard, even harder during this pandemic. I have struggled with self harm for nearly 2 years now, on and off. Watching this video opened my eyes to how useless hurting myself over a temporary problem is. If someone hurts you, it’s unfair to hurt yourself over it. I know it can even be on impulse, like how it was with Katie. To those out there would need help, I suggest you reach out to somebody you love. It doesn’t have to be your parents, just someone who can guide you in the right direction. I love you all.

  • Italianplastick
    Italianplastick Year ago +1844

    When her mum clapped, while she was explaining the story, that poor girl jumped and was so scared of the noise, it was heart breaking, such a horribly sad story

    • kayla
      kayla Year ago

      @Teehee yea it scared me too

    • Who's Your Daddy?
      Who's Your Daddy? Year ago

      I seriously DOUBT it sounded like a clap of hands!

    • Emily
      Emily Year ago

      @Paula Wolanski I am so sorry to hear about you being bullied. I was bullied a lot as well and was taught about it the same way you were. Unfortunately, many children are not taught that way or just don’t have the emotional stability to ignore or fight it.

    • Paula Wolanski
      Paula Wolanski Year ago +2

      @Emily I got made fun of my whole life, but I've always been smart enough to know killing/hurting yourself is not the answer and could never understand why people have to take a minor problem in their life and turn it into a full blown tragedy. I was taught to ignore the mean kids at at school, and the strategy has served me well. I live in my own headspace where I do everything to maintain order and peace, and I do not let people's words get in there to cause problems. It's in one ear and out the other.

    • Paula Wolanski
      Paula Wolanski Year ago

      She chose to do it. What did she really expect? Did she think it was going to be fun?

  • acxez knightNite
    acxez knightNite Year ago +33

    What a tragedy. So young. So beautiful. One impulse moment can have such devastating consequences forever more.

    • toodleloo
      toodleloo Year ago +1

      It really shows that what is on the inside does not always parallel what is on the outside!!... I commend her for her tenacity & will to overcome!..

  • a z
    a z Year ago +2

    She remind me of myself when i faced my first breakup i almost lost my life. The pain really does overwhelms oneself. Its amazing that no school or mentor teach the young minds how to tackle those feelings. There should be whole subject for personal relationships which could save the youth from wasting years or losing something valuable just because of a break up.

  • Deepbluesea
    Deepbluesea Year ago +2

    I understand her feelings, being a teenager is very hard because your feelings are intensified so much! Things seem so much larger than they truly are. A relationship could truly break you. If you break up with someone or vise versa, it could feel like the end of the world. I felt like that. Now I’m 50 now, but I do remember. I have 2 children and I worry for them, their now entering that faze. I just hope they understand that it’s not that bad, there are many others that would and will love you. It’s hard to tell someone that, when my father told me that, I didn’t believe him, but after that heartache, I found a new love, actually several new loves. And she’s right life is a gift.

  • Eifion Phillips
    Eifion Phillips Year ago +3

    She looks amazing considering the impact, amazing what people can do nowadays.

  • Audrey Carroll
    Audrey Carroll 2 years ago +2310

    “Life is a gift, a tremendous gift.”
    She is so correct.

    • Road Runner
      Road Runner Year ago

      a gift of pain and confusion. It is more like a box of chocolates if you ask never know what your gonna get.

    • seek truth
      seek truth Year ago +1

      @waifu_png_pl make birth illegal ? Wow

    • bob joe
      bob joe Year ago

      life is a gift but people take it for granted, people saying that life is a curse, if faced death would probably back down. i've had that mindset too.

    • 0707565
      0707565 Year ago +1

      Or a nightmare

  • Qaiser Hayat Khattak

    Yes its the whole case of Katie, we all can learn from someone in this life. Its so precious. Don't surrender it to any impulse decision.

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Year ago

    See how fragile your children can be, when all seems well. This is heartbreaking.

  • heaventree ofstars
    heaventree ofstars Year ago +3

    I can only imagine how heartbreaking this is. I do have hope, though, that the techniques for this procedure will get better and better.

  • Peaches 🍑
    Peaches 🍑 7 months ago

    I have been following her story since it has happened & it did get me out of a dark place feeling like I wanted to end it all I hope she achieves her goals ❤❤
    So many arguments about physical beauty in the comments
    Beauty is subjective.. She was stunning before the incident but as far as having a dream of getting married & such their are people who still will find her new face physically attractive
    As I have struggled with self esteem issues all my life & feeling "ugly" I believe there is beauty in everyone & every woman deserves to feel beautiful

  • No Thanks123
    No Thanks123 Year ago

    I've been battling with depression and suicidal thoughts for years. I even lost my brother to suicide. It seems surreal to me that someone would attempt to take their life so impulsively and over a break up. If she had successfully taken her life, there would have been a young man who would have to carry that guilt for the rest of his life. Heck, he probably carries that guilt now over what she did to herself.
    I do hope that she can go to college and have a happy life. I hope that teens everywhere will watch this and realise not to act so impulsively.

  • Joy Cohen
    Joy Cohen Year ago +1

    Strong woman. I applaud her desire to keep going..having plans and hopes for a future and cherishing life.

  • Mark Vann
    Mark Vann Year ago +69

    she went from being a gorgeous young lady to literally creating her own personal hell on earth due to a millisecond decision to pull that trigger...

    • Sleazy
      Sleazy 2 months ago

      @x6c_z2_k9 If she didn’t have a gun she probably would have done other equally foolish ways to end it.

    • x6c_z2_k9
      x6c_z2_k9 7 months ago +3

      The fact that she had access to a gun tho? Wassup wit that

  • Hina Latif
    Hina Latif 10 months ago +3

    There's a lot to learn from Katie's story, her Mom's statement.

  • kimma508
    kimma508 Year ago +489

    RIP to Katie’s donor Adra. I am sorry she is gone but will never be forgotten. Katie stay strong and keep fighting. You are so lucky to have such amazing parents and siblings. I wish you all the best.

  • Emily
    Emily Year ago +12

    I just- I could never. I can’t imagine why Katie thought her life was so bad that the only way to escape it was killing herself. I can just never imagine what someone is going through when they are thinking that is the only option. Good thoughts go out to Katie and her family.

    • Lynx
      Lynx Year ago +1

      I agree, Emily. I chalk it up to being young and short-sighted. I'm 28 now, but can remember being in my late teens clearly, and the emotions that went with that age. Scientists say the adolescent brain is like an adult brain but with a lot less impulse control. Obviously simplifying it, but essentially that's why teenagers and young adults have problems like this. They aren't that experienced in life and can't see a way out of the black hole they're in.

  • kelseyrae
    kelseyrae Year ago

    best wishes to her and her family

  • Gabe the Babe
    Gabe the Babe Year ago

    This is so sad to me. I am happy she gets to live her life though. What a strong woman.

  • divine interventions

    I was also heart broken by a relationship,i had suicidal thoughts.This gives me a message to live life appreciating what ever we have at the moment..may god bless Katty..she is such a brave soul..
    yess life is a tremendous gift..☯️🤍

  • Seven
    Seven 3 years ago +1916

    Our bodies are temporary . Our souls are who we are.

    • E
      E Year ago +1

      @Gabriel's Army you know you're making your own religion look really bad by putting down Islam right? Where are your manners? I'm pretty sure your supposed to respect other people's religions and love them, not spread hate by telling them they're going to hell..

    • Lauren Li
      Lauren Li Year ago

      I absolutely agree with you!

    • Theresa Guilfoyle
      Theresa Guilfoyle Year ago

      @Ann Bentley Read Trigger David Icke. Inside job. Evidence overwhelming.

    • Theresa Guilfoyle
      Theresa Guilfoyle Year ago

      True but we have to live in the real world and people can be very cruel if you are different. We are here to live our life.

  • Myriam Jake
    Myriam Jake 10 months ago +2

    You are a strong woman Katie, I wish you a happy life and prosperity

    • Misty M
      Misty M 6 months ago

      Strong 🤣🤣🤣

  • Jazzy D
    Jazzy D 11 months ago +273

    This is why you should never make permanent decisions off temporary feelings

    • Lost Shadow
      Lost Shadow 7 months ago +3

      Temporary feelings? For some us it's permanent, have some empathy

    • Lucy Lang
      Lucy Lang 7 months ago +3

      How do you know if they’re temporary

    • UnspecifiedUnit
      UnspecifiedUnit 10 months ago +4

      This was the comment I was looking for, self inflicted harm does not resolve adversities. During adolescence stage, you still have so much potential, is it really worth taking away a life over events that will become trivial in the future, might sound harsh but suicidal acts are foolish acts of incompetence, and this keeps me living through whatever’s bringing me through seemingly unbearable agony.

    • Jackie Maldonado
      Jackie Maldonado 10 months ago

      @Shonie Finn usually the most judgmental people also have the most skeletons 🤷🏽‍♀️✌🏼

    • Shonie Finn
      Shonie Finn 10 months ago +6

      @Jackie Maldonado Not cold, just true. Blowing your face off, as a teen, over a guy, is completely absurd... She wasn't even suicidal & chose such a permanent consequence to a very temporary problem...

  • Radha Shukla
    Radha Shukla 11 months ago

    Doctors did such a great job, I hope positivity spreads to every corner of this beautiful earth that no one try to look in this way again

  • ai me
    ai me 10 months ago

    May God bless you and your family Katie. You’re beautiful in and out.

  • Abhishek Jothirajan
    Abhishek Jothirajan 3 years ago +396

    Massive credit to the surgeons who helped her have a second chance

  • Victoria
    Victoria Year ago +3

    A powerful lesson to learn in one's life. Painful too to the parents 💔. She didn't think the people she'd hurt. Parents need to teach kids about selfishness and controlling emotions.

    • Laura Ellie
      Laura Ellie 7 months ago +2

      Don't ever call suicide selfish. Shaming these people who struggle so much is not the answer

  • Scott Burton
    Scott Burton 9 months ago

    I love how people claim it’s selfish being a survivor myself, surviving a self inflicted gunshot wound and going through multiple reconstructive surgeries myself, instead criticizing and calling people selfish, see beauty in the fact she fought hard to survive and thrive to live a better life. I get the whole oh you’re selfish mindset but most of us felt our loved ones would be better off without us. I’m glad to hear she’s happy to be alive, I know I was. Instead creating stigma around depression we should be finding ways so people feel that that’s not the answer. I think it’s not very productive trying to put someone down for a choice that ultimately could’ve ended tragically. I can tell you it’s something not easily made, I contemplated suicide for a very, very long time before deciding to pull the trigger. I’m glad to see other survivors thriving much like myself.

  • Chanelle shaffer
    Chanelle shaffer 11 months ago +1

    Katie is one of the few who truly understand what living is about, and if her accident brought her to that knowing then it was worth it. Katie is an angel, and through God all things are possible. 🥰

  • Matt09 Cu7tis
    Matt09 Cu7tis Year ago

    My heart goes out to her totally such a sad story 😭

  • Betsy Ross
    Betsy Ross 3 years ago +2081

    She has a good family. Her parents are supportive.

    • Inside The Darts
      Inside The Darts 3 years ago

      Probably why you shouldn't leave guns around kids

    • cestalia
      cestalia 3 years ago +2

      @Cam And doing suicide is not selfish? Geez, I've seen enough shit what suicidal people has done to the family. Some blame themselves for the death, some end up in depression because losing family member, some even follow the step of suicide.
      Who do you think will prepare funeral? Who do you think will life with the painful memories? Obviously, not the suicidal people. They just want to do everything the easy way.
      *Drop mic*
      Thank to come to my Ted talk!

  • DCO
    DCO Year ago +15

    My goodness. We really need to teach kids how to handle emotions. Specially loss and rejection.

  • mimibarn
    mimibarn 11 months ago +7

    Incredible!!! Medicine is such a blessing.

  • Boitumelo Moremi
    Boitumelo Moremi 9 months ago +6

    her story breaks my heart. Thank god she's ok and breathing.

  • Ashley Kelly
    Ashley Kelly 10 months ago +10

    Gosh she was stunning, I’m so sad for her.

  • Santo Lina
    Santo Lina 3 years ago +291

    Shoutout to those parents for not letting go of their daughter. I watched the full documentary about her when it first came out several weeks ago and I was very moved by the strength and solidarity this family had shown throughout the entire journey leading up to Katy's face transplant. I would like to thank the donor's grand-ma for granting Katy her granddaughter's face and a new chance in life. This story, although painful, is a story of hope. Life is never over as long as we're alive.

    • Kitty
      Kitty 3 years ago

      Santo Lina thank you!

    • Kitty
      Kitty 3 years ago +1

      What is the documentary's name?

    • Haya Glamazon
      Haya Glamazon 3 years ago

      Well said

  • Prashant Khandave
    Prashant Khandave 10 months ago +2

    Just having a loving family like that is reason enough for anyone to be alive....

  • Sarvesh Jadhav
    Sarvesh Jadhav Year ago +10

    "Life is worth living. Life is a gift, a wonderful tremendous gift " This is what she said in the end of the video. I only wish she had realized it sooner. 🙏

    • Norris Horris
      Norris Horris 6 months ago

      Im Sorry to belie you but from a rational philosophical standpoint life is riddled with unavoidable pain meaninglessness and absurdity. We are prisoners to our unconscious instinct to survive and reproduce in sustain existence. Everything we do in life is a product of this irrational force. There is more pain in life than happiness.