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Chrissy Steltz, Gun Shot Victim, Gets New Face

Gunshot survivor Chrissy Steltz receives incredible prosthetic face 11 years after horrific injury.
Gunshot survivor Chrissy Steltz receives incredible prosthetic face 11 years after horrific injury. ABC News

(CBS) When you look at Chrissy Stelz' almost pretty face, you can see there is something a little off. A little bit immobile, maybe.

And the color of the flesh around her eye, nose and forehead is different from that around her mouth and chin. Like she's wearing a mask.

Which she is.

Eleven years ago, Steltz was involved in a horrific accident at a party which left her incredibly disfigured, according to the New York Daily News.

She was a sophomore in highschool when a full two thirds of her face was blown to bits by shotgun pellets, and Steltz, who was recently interviewed by ABC correspondent Ashleigh Banfield, walked around for over a decade wearing a sleep mask covering the gaping hole where her her eyesockets and nose used to be.

But now, doctors have made her a new face, and with the very life-like prosthesis, a new start. It is made of silicone, with delicate eyelashes around blue eyes the exact same shade Steltz's used to be.

It was designed from photos taken of Steltz when she was 16 - before her life changed forever. Only the prosthetic was aged a bit since, after all, almost a dozen years have passed.

Why would a blind woman, now married to a blind man, care what she looks like? Steltz told ABC that she used to be able to sense people staring at her. And besides, now her son, just a toddler, smiles when he looks at her. So do her parents.

Doctors said the prosthetic made her whole again, and she agreed. "I felt like everybody was seeing me again," she said.

See pictures of Chrissy Steltz's incredible transformation.
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