New Face for Shotgun Blast Survivor

By David Schoetz

Jul 15, 2010 5:08pm

Chrissy Steltz wakes up every morning and puts on her face. But it's not just makeup. She literally attaches a startlingly realistic prosthetic onto dental implants in the bones of her face. Steltz has been living without a face for 11 years, ever since an accident with a shotgun blew away almost everything above her mouth when she was just 16 years old. Amazingly, Steltz survived and has managed to live a normal life. She learned to read Braille, get around with a cane, and graduated high school at the top of her class. In 2009, she gave birth to a son, who she is raising with her boyfriend she met in a school for the blind. Now generous doctors are giving a new face to Steltz, who says she wanted the prosthesis "so my son can grow to know his mom looking like a regular person versus a sleep shade." Tune in tonight for this amazing story of science and humanity. "Twenty-three years in television, and I have never been more inspired," said correspondent Ashleigh Banfield.   Below, check out a preview from "GMA" and CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of Chrissy before and after the accident.  

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