I know less than I have heard, for I have heard too many tales and each argues with another. The Bull is real, the Bull is a ghost, the Bull is Haggard himself when the sun goes down. The Bull was in the land before Haggard, or it came with him, or it came to him … The Bull belongs to Haggard. Haggard belongs to the Bull. Among the characters, there are no archetypes, no absolutes.
Haggard is no Sauron—he commands no armies; he wears chain mail made of bottle caps. Even in his success, he is unhappy. Sparks of humanity remain in everyone. Beagle frequently subverts fantasy tropes. In fact, Lir does not end up with the unicorn. And in the novel, mortality is preferable to immortality; Haggard, who quests after immortality, is defeated. The unicorn, in a brief brush with mortality, gains the ability to regret, and she is better off for it.
Remarkably, the book shifts away from the unicorn as it progresses.
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She has ceased being the protagonist; that role has been passed to her human companions. In the end, the true nature of the world Beagle created is as indeterminate as that of the Red Bull itself. If you have ever wished you could show children and teenagers how to enrich their lives with meditation and visualization, this book will delight you. With the exercises in this book, young people can discover the learning styles that are effective and enjoyable for them.
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Tiberghien, Circling to the Center. She longed to see her daughter. One morning, while Katie was still in the hospital, Alesia woke up feeling weird. Was Katie still there? I love who Katie is on the inside. If it felt like a sci-fi movie at times, that was understandable. In her crowded room in the intensive care unit, hooked up to a ventilator, an IV tube, and an array of beeping monitors, Katie looked like the experimental subject that she, in fact, was. There was also something regal in her sedated repose, an impression highlighted by the tiara of jagged sutures etched across her bald head and the nurses, residents, and doctors who attended her like somber courtiers.
About two weeks after the doctors wheeled Katie out of the OR, a physical therapist had her out of bed and walking the hallways, their stately procession headed up by a pole festooned with bags of medications. Even though she was moving, Katie felt as if she were asleep for most of May, or in a movie, vaguely aware of people coming and going but never completely alert.
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The first time she was aware of touching her new face, it felt very swollen and round. She asked her mother if the new face was good enough that people would stop looking at her as if she were a freak. The days in the hospital, as always, grew long. Katie had bad days and worse days, the pain sometimes unbearable. Hooked to a feeding tube, she moaned and sometimes cried that she was hungry. Chronic rejection will always be a risk for Katie, but she had no early, acute rejection episodes during her nearly three months in the hospital.
She had three more major operations to undergo in the coming year and a half. First doctors would clean out her sinuses and insert titanium-mesh implants under her eyes to lift them up in the sockets and bring them forward. Second they would remove some of the extra skin and tissue left in place in case of rejection, which Gastman likened to a face-lift.
Finally a third surgery would shorten her lower jaw, move her tongue forward, and place an implant in the roof of her mouth, which doctors hope will help Katie speak more clearly. We tend to think of healing as a passive activity, one that occurs while lying in bed binge-watching terrible television shows and waiting for your immune system to work its stealthy magic.
With her discharge from the hospital on August 1, , though, rest was over for Katie. They all felt they were being set free when Katie returned to the Big Mac House. The pharmacist who went over the list pointed two times to Prograf, the immunosuppressant. The giant calendar on the wall filled with appointments. Physical therapy twice a week. Work with a personal trainer twice a week.
Occupational therapy once or twice a week. Braille lessons two or three times a week. Speech therapy four times a week. Speech proved especially difficult. As hard as it was to understand Katie before the surgery, afterward it was almost impossible. Alesia and Robb interpreted for her, but even they sometimes guessed.
The problem with her palate gave her voice a strong nasal timbre. Her nerves, which Gastman said would grow at about an inch a month and eventually provide sensation and motor control, would take at least a year to regenerate. Smiling or puckering her lips took major effort without much result. Even as Katie learned Braille and got training at the Cleveland Sight Center, the Stubblefields refused to give up hope that she would see again. They pointed to research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where a team funded by the Defense Department hopes to perform whole-eye transplants within 10 years.
The Stubblefields were excited by one prediction the head of the research team made: Patients with face transplants will likely be the first eye recipients. Katie thought about her and her family often. She was the third donor found in the time Katie waited for a face.
Twice a donor had been identified and the clinic had alerted the Stubblefields. For patients waiting for an internal organ, the only match requirements are compatible size, blood type, and, for some organs, tissue type. With faces, the sex must match, the skin tone must be similar, and the age must be reasonably close. That, along with the need to find a donor fairly nearby, means the pool is much smaller. More than , people in the U.
On average, 20 patients die each day while waiting. Faces were added to the list of organs in the national transplant system in ; the wait is unpredictable. The pool of candidates is very small, and the family of the potential donor must give permission to use the face, even if the person had registered as an organ donor. Nationwide, the epidemic has led to an increase in the number of available organs: A recent study found that the number of donors who died from drug overdoses jumped more than tenfold from to Lifebanc, the organ procurement organization for the region, keeps information about donors and recipients confidential, even from one another.
If one side writes a letter to make contact with the other, Lifebanc will deliver it. The other side can choose whether to respond. Once they establish a connection, both must agree to meet. Through their letters, the Stubblefields learned that Katie had the face of Adrea Schneider and that her grandmother, Sandra Bennington, was eager to meet them. On a Sunday morning in January, Katie and her parents met Sandra for the first time. Sandra was nervous, which she told herself was silly.
She arrived, pulling the tank of oxygen she needs for her pulmonary disease, and walked slowly into the living room where Katie waited alone on the sofa. Katie felt nervous too. She had put on a new dress and wore stylish sunglasses covering her eyes, which still looked damaged. Sandra had already seen a photo of Katie, taken at the moment she was wheeled out of the transplant surgery, when she looked a lot more like Adrea.
The photo triggered something in Sandra. Thinking about Katie and her recovery helped her get over her grief. Face transplant recipients undergo a metamorphosis as they heal and the face adapts to their facial structure. The new face becomes a matrix, as Papay put it, not one or the other but a composite. Katie no longer looked like Adrea. From halting infections to curing blindness, a single donor can save or improve more than 70 lives. Enroll to donate organs, eyes, and tissues at RegisterMe.
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Sandra sat next to Katie and held her hand. Why not her face too? So that was my answer. Robb and Alesia joined them on the sofa, and Sandra told them a little about Adrea. Instead she told them that Adrea loved horses and dogs and children.
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He did not know about the face transplant, she said. When Sandra saw how protective Alesia and Robb were of Katie, she thought about Adrea, who had her struggles but also was a good person. But at the same time—and this always made Sandra cry when she thought it—Adrea would wish she could be Katie, so she could have loving parents and siblings.
She looked closer. She could see a little of Adrea, in her dimpled chin and her nose, just as Alesia said she could catch a little Katie every now and then when she smiled. Sandra wanted to tell Katie she could call her Amma, for grandma, just as Adrea had. She looked at her lips. She saw they were chapped, and she wanted so much to tend to them. Katie will live the rest of her life as an experiment in the longevity of transplanted faces. She is hoping to find what many scientists call the holy grail—a chimeric cell, part donor and part recipient, that will encourage the immune system to accept new tissue as its own and make antirejection drugs unnecessary.
They are also likely to slim her face, reduce scarring, and improve her eyelids. And aesthetically we could do better on how her eyes are positioned. Gastman agreed with Papay. But some things we can only do so much to improve upon. Her injury may have been the worst injury of any face transplant injury ever.
Her tongue is not working well because she lost a lot of tongue muscle and nerves. For Americans her age, suicide is the second leading cause of death, and the overall rate increased 28 percent from to Watch an interactive of Katie talking about life before her injury and how she hopes to use her experience to reach out to other young people. After surviving her suicide attempt, Katie Stubblefield hopes to help people who are struggling. Katie intends to pick up where she left off, starting with college, online at first, and then maybe a career in counseling.
She hopes to speak to teenagers about suicide and the value of life. Story of a Face. At 18, Katie Stubblefield lost her face. At 21, she became the youngest person in the U. Follow her incredible story. Read Caption. Sixteen hours into a transplant operation at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, surgeons finish the intricate task of removing the face from an organ donor. Awed by the sight and by the gravity of their work, the team falls suddenly silent as staff members document the face in between its two lives.
The surgeons would spend 15 more hours attaching the face to Katie Stubblefield. By Joanna Connors. This story is difficult to look at. Yet we are asking you to go on the remarkable journey of how a young woman received a face transplant because it reveals something profound about our humanity. Our face conveys who we are, telegraphing a kaleidoscope of emotions. Are we our faces?
Katie Stubblefield lost hers when she was When she was 21, doctors gave Katie a new face. This is a story of trauma, identity, resilience, devotion, and amazing medical miracles. This story appears in the September issue of National Geographic magazine. For a moment, the face rests in its astonished solitude.
Photograph by Lynn Johnson. Take a moment to look in a mirror. What do you see? To transplant the face, they had started from her neck and worked up, connecting blood vessels, bones, and nerves. To stitch the blood vessels and nerves, microsurgeons used sutures the size of a human hair. To protect her eyes, her eyelids were sutured shut. With the transplant complete, Katie would still require additional operations and many months of rehabilitation. Go back to the mirror one more time. Look at your incredible face.
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With Katie in a wheelchair, the three explored the park, wandering amid blossoming trees and singing birds. The outing came after Katie had spent a month in the hospital. In the three years before her transplant, Katie was hospitalized more than a dozen times Photograph by Maggie Steber. Pull Quote The doctor wondered if Katie would make it. Even if she survived, would there be enough tissue to reconstruct her face? Katie drank from a sippy cup because without lips, she had a hard time keeping liquids from dribbling out.
To move her eyes closer, a doctor would come each day to adjust the distraction device, which was attached to her maxilla, the bone in the center of the face. Photograph by Maggie Steber. Robert, who found her, is extremely close to his younger sister. Robb and Alesia try to take Katie out as much as possible, on their limited budget. Before the transplant, she often wore a surgical mask to keep people from staring. Dive Deeper into The Story of a Face. Katie and her family cope with daunting challenges as she gets a new face. Watch other face transplant recipients explain how their lives have changed.
She called this face, the second of her young life, Shrek. Katie perked up. After Katie had waited more than a year on the transplant list, a donor was found. Sandra Bennington weeps as she talks about Adrea, her granddaughter.