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Chimp Attack Victim Gets New Face

June 12, 2011

 – – We had posted here following the incident of the horrendous chimp attack in 2009 that left Charla Nash blind, disfigured, and handless.  In a 20-hour transplant operation last month, a 30-member surgical team performed  a full face and double hand transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a medical first in the United States.

While the donor hands failed to thrive due to impaired blood flow from pneumonia and were subsequently removed, the full facial transplant, only the third to be performed in the United States, appears promising.  The donated tissue is expected to conform to Nash’s underlying bone structure, allowing her in time to look somewhat like she did before the attack...