Chrissy S., a 27-year-old Oregon woman, has received a prosthetic face. It extends from her eyebrows to her upper lip and attaches magnetically to eight titanium implants that surgeons embedded in her in facial bones last winter.
When Chrissy was 16 she was unintentionally shot in the face by one of her friends at point-blank range. She lost her eyesight, cheeks and nose. The special face will give her prosthetic eyes, eyelashes, nose and cheeks. However, she will still have no sense of sight, smell and taste.
Surgeons donated materials and their time because health-insurance companies consider the procedur cosmetic and won't cover it.