Chimp Attack Face Transplant Is a Success

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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."

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