25 Years After She Was Shot In The Head, Mary Jo Buttafuoco Got Her Smile Back

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Tuesday, May 19, 1992 started out like any other day for Mary Jo Buttafuoco. Little did she know that a confrontation later that day would change her life forever.

NY Daily News

Buttafuoco was in her home in Massapequa, New York when the doorbell rang. When she opened the door, she didn't expect to find her husband's jealous 17-year-old lover, Amy "The Long Island Lolita" Fisher, standing in front of her.

The pair had an argument, but just when Buttafuoco thought it was over, Fisher pulled out a gun and shot her in the head. By some miracle, Buttafuoco survived the attack, and months later found herself in court testifying against Fisher, who pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. She spent the next seven years locked up behind bars.

As for Buttafuoco, she became an overnight sensation worldwide. Her story inspired three movies: Lethal Lolita (Amy Fisher: My Story), Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story starring Alyssa Milano and The Amy Fisher Story starring Drew Barrymore.

Despite all the media hoopla around the scandal, Buttafuoco would never get her old life back. She sustained severe physical, mental and emotional injuries that continue to impact her even today.

The gunshot left her face partially paralyzed, and rendered her deaf in one ear, but thanks to all the latest technological advances, doctors were finally able to help her 25 years later.

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