February 22, 2021
About eight years ago, my neighbor Carmen Tarleton was attacked by her ex-husband, who beat her repeatedly with a bat and they sprayed her with lye. She sustained chemical burns over 80% of her body, and ultimately underwent close to 100 surgeries. She was left completely blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. Her face was horribly burned. Eventually, she underwent a face transplant.
Remarkably, none of this dampened her spirit. She ended up writing a book (“Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed”) and went on speaking tours in which she shared her resilience in the face of unspeakable physical and emotional pain.
Last year, her body began to reject the new face and, last fall, she became only the second person in the world to undergo a second face transplant.
Yesterday, she was on the Today show, which showed her meeting (remotely) the family of the donor for the first time. You can see the segment here.
Carmen makes it awfully hard to feel sorry for oneself.