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A US woman whose face was blown off by a shotgun has been fitted with a new “snap-on” prosthetic face.
Chrissy Steltz, 27, lost her eyes, nose and a substantial part of her skull after her drunken friends accidentally shot her with a stolen shotgun when she was 16 years old, ABC News America reported.
After 11 years of hiding her injuries behind a sleeping mask, she has now been fitted with a prosthetic face that simulates what she would look like if she hadn’t been shot.
Ms Steltz said she wanted to get the mask so her son “can grow to know his mom looking like a regular person versus a sleep shade”.
Doctors were astonished she survived an accidental shotgun blast that took of two-thirds of her face in March 1999.
Her drunken friends were skylarking with the stolen gun and Ms Steltz, who was 16 at the time, told them to put the gun down “before you kill somebody”.
The last thing Ms Steltz heard before the near-fatal accident was a friend telling her not to worry, because the gun wasn’t loaded.
Made from skin grafts and bone from her right leg, the mask has been fitted with magnets that allow it to snap on and off.
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