Face transplant of Charla Nash: update reveals progress after being mauled by chimp (Images)

By on Aug 13, 2011 in Amazing, Health, Science, United States Comments

Doctors on Thursday revealed the first pictures of Charla Nash, the woman who underwent a full-face transplant in May after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009, as reported by various international news sites, August 11, 2011.

According to reports, Charla Nash had been living behind a veil for two years after the vicious attack of a 200-pound pet chimpanzee that left her without a nose, eyes and lips.

Reports further disclose that the photos of Charla Nash, taken in her hospital bed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, reveal dramatic improvements showing a new nose, lips and facial skin.

Similarly, Charla Nash, 57, was quoted through reports saying, “I will now be able to do things I once took for granted.”

“I will be able to smell. I will be able to eat normally. I will no longer be disfigured. I will have lips and will speak clearly once again. I will be able to kiss and hug loved ones,” she added.

“It’s wonderful to see how Charla’s recovery has progressed as she continues taking steps toward her new life,” said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the BWH Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program.

Reports also claim that Nash’s full-face transplant, led by Pohamac, was the third surgery of its kind performed in the United States, all in the same hospital.


Picture of Charla Nash before the attack.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Nash Family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / brighamandwomens.org


Picture of Charla Nash after the full-face transplant.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Nash Family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
by Lightchaser Photography / brighamandwomens.org


Picture of Charla Nash after the full-face transplant.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Nash Family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
by Lightchaser Photography / brighamandwomens.org


Picture of Charla Nash after the full-face transplant.
Image Credit: Courtesy of the Nash Family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
by Lightchaser Photography / brighamandwomens.org



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