21-year-old receives historic face transplant

21-year-old receives historic face transplant

(CNN) – A suicide attempt survivor is getting a second chance after receiving a historic transplant.

Katie Stubblefield, now 22, became the youngest face transplant recipient in U.S. history a year ago.

She's featured on the cover of National Geographic's September issue.

At 18, she tried to kill herself with a gun and was left with serious injuries.

The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide in recent years.

Stubblefield is using her story of survival to raise awareness.

Those struggling with suicidal thoughts can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, which is available 24 hours a day, or be connected with the Crisis Text Line by texting "HOME" to 741741 for free 24/7 support.

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