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Uplifting Story Of Woman Who Survived Brutal Attack To Recieve Face Transplant

Thirty surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses worked for more than 15 hours to complete the operation.

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Said Miranda Righter of her mother and Tarleton: "They are both mothers, they are both survivors, they are both beacons of light."

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Miranda Righter holds up a photo of her mother, whose face was donated to Tarleton.

Tarleton can now smile and will be able to make more facial expressions in the future. "I can't pucker and feel yet," she said. "But I am looking forward to that day. I know that day will come," according to CNN.

"There is a lot to learn and take from horrific events," Tarleton said. "I want others to know that they need not give up on feeling themselves when tragedy strikes, but instead they can make a choice to find the good and allow that to help them heal."

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