August 9, 2020
In 2007, the estranged husband of my Thetford neighbor Carmen Tarleton broke into her house, beat her with a baseball bat, and doused her with industrial-strength lye. She sustained disfiguring burns over 80 percent of her body, was in a medically-induced coma for several months and underwent dozens of surgeries culminating, in 2013, with a face transplant.
She wrote a book about experience, entitled “Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed.”
For a woman who endured more suffering that almost any human in history, fate had more cruelty in store: some months ago, her body began rejecting her transplanted face, and last week she became the first American to undergo a second face transplant operation.
Following the surgery, our local paper quoted Carmen as saying: “I’m elated. The pain I had is gone. It’s a new chapter in my life. I’ve been waiting for almost a year. I am really happy. It’s what I needed. I got a great match.”
Remind me again: what’s going wrong in your life?