A 15-minute period back in 2007 changed Carmen Tarleton’s life forever. Her ex-husband broke into her home, hit her with a baseball bat and sprayed her with a chemical called lye. Today, she is the first American to receive a second face transplant.

In a TODAY exclusive interview, the former nurse sat down with NBC News correspondent Kate Snow to share her recovery journey. The attack left Tarleton badly disfigured, blind in one eye and legally blind in the other. She had her first face transplant in 2013, when the procedure was quite new. It lasted seven years, but her body began to reject it slowly.

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