The Prairie Chicken
August 11, 2011
Right: Charla before
Right below: Charla after
In May of this year, Charla Nash received a full face transplant at Woman’s Hospital of Boston. A team of 30 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists worked for 20 hours to perform the extremely rare procedure - the third time the surgery had been performed there.
In 2009, Nash was attacked by Herrod's 15-year-old chimpanzee, Travis, after Herrod called and requested her help in getting control of Travis, who was having an "off" day. When paramedics arrived, they found that Travis had ripped off Nash’s entire upper jaw and nose, and had chewed off Nash’s fingers, shredding both of her hands. Travis was killed by police on the day of the attack.
Charla Nash gets new face--New York Times
Chimp attack victim reveals new face for first time--msnbc.com