Carmen Blandin Tarleton, before and after the transplant
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Carmen Blandin Tarleton gets face transplant after chemical attack

2 May 2013 Last updated at 14:05 BST

An American woman has had a successful face transplant, six years after an attack by her estranged husband left her horribly disfigured.

Carmen Blandin Tarleton, 44, suffered horrific burns to most of her body when she was doused with industrial strength lye - also know as sodium hydroxide.

She had undergone 55 operations before she made the decision to get the full transplant at Boston's Brigham and Woman's Hospital in February.

Claire Brennan reports.