Chimp Attack Face Transplant Is a Success

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Here are the first post-surgery photographs of Charla Nash, who received a full face transplant in late May of 2011 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Nash was mauled by her friend's chimp in Connecticut in 2009. Ms. Nash had a double hand transplant which were rejected by her body and had to be removed again. She said: "I was given the chance to restore most of what I lost by coming to Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here I received a new face and two hands that will allow me to be independent once again and able to be part of society. Losing the new hands is just a bump in the road of my recovery. I believe that one day I'll have two hands to help me live as a blind person with confidence." 
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Here are the first post-surgery photographs of Charla Nash, who received a full face transplant in late May of 2011 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Nash was mauled by her friend's chimp in Connecticut in 2009. Ms. Nash had a double hand transplant which were rejected by her body and had to be removed again. She said: "I was given the chance to restore most of what I lost by coming to Brigham and Women's Hospital. Here I received a new face and two hands that will allow me to be independent once again and able to be part of society. Losing the new hands is just a bump in the road of my recovery. I believe that one day I'll have two hands to help me live as a blind person with confidence."

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Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was brutally mauled by a pet chimpanzee named Travis in 2009, is regaining her senses slowly after a face transplant that required a twenty-hour surgery. During the same procedure, her body rejected a transplant to replace both of her hands, which were also lost in the attack, but a nonetheless grateful Nash called the misstep merely a "bump" in her rehabilitation. "These professionals first saved my life, then healed my wounds and strengthened me to face an uncertain future," Nash said in a statement. "I will be able to smell. I will be able to eat normally. I will no longer be disfigured."

Related: Travis the Menace [NYM]
Woman mauled by chimp gets a new face [CNN]