A woman who was stabbed 100 times and almost decapitated has been given a new face by surgeons.
The Daily Mail in Britain reports that Ilianexy Morales, of New York City, needed surgery 17 times to recover from the 2005 violent attack.
She has also had life-changing procedures made possible by Face to Face, the charitable arm of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The attack came after Ms Morales told her abusive partner that she was leaving him.
"He started attacking me immediately and didn't even give me time to react," she told ABC News. "I was in complete shock. I couldn't get out and couldn't do anything. He was so fast."
The Daily Mail said Ms Morales suffered a cardiac arrest as the ambulance took her to hospital and doctors did not expect her to survive. But after a month in a coma and seven initial surgeries, she pulled through.
However, she was left with scars over her face, reminding her of the vicious attack, before encountering Face to Face in 2010.
Ms Morales said that thanks to surgeon Andrew Jacono, her life has changed immeasurably. As well as her facial and neck surgery, she also got new teeth from a New York dentist.
Ms Morales has a new stable relationship.Her attacker is now serving a 15-year sentence for the stabbing.
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