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New rules in the U.S. are set to make the process of transplants slightly easier. Connie Culp survived a gun shot to her face (left picture after initial surgery) and in 2008 had 80 per cent of her face transplanted (right).

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The new rules, which come into force today in the U.S. will treat face, hand and limb transplants like other organs that can be donated.

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A person or next of kin in the U.S. must give explicit consent that they want to donate their hands or face.

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Vascularised composite allografts (VCAs) including face transplants (pictured) involve the transplantation of multiple structures.

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Carmen Blandin Tarleton had a face transplant and was deformed by her ex husband who attached her with a caustic solution, which causes severe burning.