American chimpanzee attack woman picture revealed

by Ella FAIRCHILD on August 12, 2011

A picture of an American woman who had to undergo face-transplant surgery because of being savaged in 2009 by a chimpanzee has been unveiled to the public for the first time.

Images of Ms Charla Nash were shown on NBC’s Today show in the States and were released by the hospital that completed her surgery in May.

The woman, aged 57, completely lost her nose, her lips, and an eyelid, as well as her hands, once the animal, kept domestically as a pet by a friend, launched an attack on her her. She is also blind now.

Ms Nash told how she looked forward to being able to do the things that she once took for granted. Unfortunately, she didn’t appear on NBC’s programme, with relatives explaining that she was far too weak to be able to conduct an interview.

Despite this, she said in a statement yesterday that she will be able to smell her food again, which means she’ll also be able to eat normally, and will no longer disfigured.

Ms Nash said that she is excited at being able to give kisses and hugs to her loved ones and also expressed her gratitude towards doctors at Brigham Women’s Hospital, where the 20-hour surgery took place. Ms Nash has also been given new hands before, however they were removed due to complications.

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Cheryl Alcaraz August 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Dear Carla,
You are so brave to have undergone such traumatic events in your life - first the attack, followed by surgery(ies) that will scar your life forever. I pray for the calm to set back into your life so you can carry on as normal as possible. I pray for the strength that you will need to keep going, and the power to share with people, your story, as best you can.
All the best,
Cheryl Alcaraz
California

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