New Face of Chimpanzee Attack Victim Revealed

Charla Nash's face transplant allows her to smell, eat solid food

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 11, 2011 11:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The new face of a woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee two years ago has been revealed for the first time in photos showing a startling transformation. The pictures of Charla Nash were first shown today on NBC's Today show, though Nash, who had a face transplant in May, didn't appear on the program because family members said she was too weak to do an interview. Photos were later released by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, where the surgery was performed.

The 57-year-old Nash was attacked in Stamford in February 2009 by a friend's 200-pound chimpanzee, which ripped off her nose, lips, eyelids and hands. The attack left her blind. Nash said in a statement she's looking forward to doing things she once took for granted, including being able to smell, eat normally, speak clearly, and kiss loved ones. (Click to read more on Nash's miraculous recovery, or to watch the Today show's interview with Charla's daughter and brother.)

In this undated photo provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Charla Nash is seen after her May, 2011, face transplant at the hospital. The Connecticut woman was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009.
In this undated photo provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Charla Nash is seen after her May, 2011, face transplant at the hospital. The Connecticut woman was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009.   (AP Photo/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Lightchaser Photography)
Undated photos provided Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital show chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash after the attack, left, and post-face transplant surgery, right.
Undated photos provided Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital show chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash after the attack, left, and post-face transplant surgery, right.   (AP Photo/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lightchaser Photography)
This undated file photo provided by the Nash family via Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, shows Charla Nash of Stamford, Conn., prior to being mauled by a Chimpanzee in 2009.
This undated file photo provided by the Nash family via Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, shows Charla Nash of Stamford, Conn., prior to being mauled by a Chimpanzee in 2009.   (AP Photo/Family Photo)
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