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Charla Nash Reveals Face Transplant 3 Months On

She has lived behind a veil for the past two years, but today Charla Nash, the woman who survived a vicious attack by her friend's chimpanzee, has revealed her new face for the first time.
Ms Nash, who was left permanently blind, and lost her nose, eyes and lips in the attack, received a ground-breaking face transplant in May.
Speaking of her incredible recovery in an interview for the Today show, she said that for the first time since the horrific ordeal she can smell, eat solid food and feel sensation on her face. And remarkably, her new features are beginning to show.

Ms Nash before the horrific attack:
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And her new face, three months after surgery, she can smell and eat again:
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'I’m beginning to feel my jaw and chin. And I can move my mouth and smile. I still feel weak. But little by little I’m getting stronger,' she said off air. Her first meal after the surgery, she said, was eggs and cream cheese.
In May, a team of more than 30 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, led by Dr Bohdan Pomanhac, painstakingly rebuilt her face. They kept the date secret to protect Ms Nash's privacy.

They took the donor's skin, underlying muscle, nerves and upper palate and transplanted the whole face on to Ms Nash's skull.
They also gave the 57-year-old a double hand transplant during the greulling 20-hour operation. However these later had to be removed after Ms Nash developed severe complications, including kidney failure and pneumonia, which caused low circulation in the new hands.

Recovering: Ms Nash with her daughter, Brianna, and brother, Steve, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston three months after the surgery:
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Her new face, however, was an incredible success and each day as the swelling reduces, the transplant moulds more to her underlying bone structure.
Since Ms Nash was too weak to give an interview to the Today show team, her daughter and brother appeared on the show after the taped hospital visit was aired to express their relief.
Her daughter, Brianna, 17, smiled during a studio interview today as they discussed her mother's incredible progress.
'New hope has been sparked. It's just so nice to see her get at it again. For her to make an expression... it's just nice that her body can respond to what she feels,' Brianna said.
'I think she is impatient for recovery. Her speech is getting much better and she’s been getting up and starting to eat,' she continued.
Today, Ms Nash is in intensive therapy. Doctors are not sure when she will have full function in her face.
But Ms Nash's brother, Steve, said the family is 'optimistic' about the future.

Incredible progress: Ms Nash's features were much less visible through the swelling after surgery:
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Horrific injuries: Charla Nash hid her face under a veil after the attack, in which the chimp ripped off her nose, eyelids and lips:
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Terrible attack: Travis, the 200lb chimpanzee who mauled Charla Nash in 2009. He was later shot:
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Ms Nash was blinded in the attack in February 2009, when her friend's 200lb chimp, Travis, went berzerk and ripped off her nose, lips, eyelids and hands.
The lead surgeon, Dr Bodan Pomahac, told the Today show before the operation: 'Transplanting a face and hands together is basically an unparalleled quest.
'The complexity, logistically and surgically, I think makes it the most challenging thing we can do these days.'
John Orr, a spokesman for the Nash family, has said the donor's identity has been kept secret, but was a 'fairly consistent match'.
The donor can be as much as 20 years younger or up to ten years older than the recipient and must have the same blood type and similar skin colour and texture.

New face: A graphic demonstrates how muscle, nerves and skin from the donor's face were transplanted on top of Charla Nash's badly damaged face, left:
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Dr Pomahac said: 'From what we know, she will not resemble the donor. She will be looking like someone a little different than she was before the accident, but different than the donor.'
Before the operation, Ms Nash said she was looking forward to being able to live at home rather than in a facility.
She said: 'I want be able to eat on my own. I want to be able to hold a cheeseburger or a hot dog in my hand and put it in my own mouth.'
Ms Nash has hidden her face under a veil for the past two years. She bravely revealed her disfigured features in an interview with Oprah Winfrey just a few months after the attack.

At the time she said: 'I wear (the veil) so I don't scare people. Sometimes other people might insult you, so I figure maybe it's easier if I just walk around covered up.'
The chimp was later shot by police. At the time its owner, Sandra Herold, speculated the pet was trying to protect her and didn't recognise Ms Nash because she had changed her hairstyle.
Ms Herold died of an aneurysm last year. Ms Nash's family are suing her estate for $50million and wants to sue the state for $150million, saying officials failed to prevent the attack.
The double transplant was the first of its kind in the U.S., and has only been performed once before in the world, in France.
It was paid for by the Department of Defense, through a contract it gave Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2009 to cover the cost of face transplants for veterans and some civilians, hospital officials said.
Two other face transplants have been performed at the hospital this year.
In March, Dallas Wiens became the first person in America to undergo the surgery, after his features were all but burned away when he hit a power line while painting a church.
Just a month later Mitch Hunter, 30, also underwent the surgery. His face was severely disfigured and burned during a car accident that toppled high-voltage electrical wires.


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Considering she looked like this before, i'm sure she's happier now.

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Great story, Kel. I am glad to see how much she has improved.

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Charla Nash~ New Face

STAMFORD -- Charla Nash's new face, a medical wonder unveiled Thursday morning in the print editions of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers, has brought a new level of hope to her family, her daughter and brother said.
Briana Nash, the Westhill High School graduate featured at her mother's side in photos released Thursday, told the "Today" show's Ann Curry that her mother's face transplant, performed in late May at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, has had an uplifting effect.
"It's just good to see the rapid progress and a happiness that wasn't there before, and new hope," Briana Nash said on the show. "It's so nice to see her ready to get at it again."
Charla Nash, the victim of a vicious chimp attack in Stamford in 2009, is one of only three people in the United States to have received a full face transplant.
The release of the photos, shown by "Today" along with video of Nash after the surgery, provided an opportunity for Nash's daughter and brother, Steve Nash, to chronicle a process that has been both nerve-racking and encouraging.
Steve Nash said his sister's "optimism is back again."
"We're quite ecstatic," he said.
Though an attempted hand transplant was unsuccessful, he said the family is hopeful that doctors will be able to give her hands at some point.
"We're looking forward to the next attempt at a transplant," he said.
Briana Nash said for the first time since the attack, her mother can express her feelings through body language. Something as simple as a smile, she said, was impossible until the transplant was performed.
She said she'll always be appreciative of the opportunity provided by the donor.
"What they've done for us is just so amazing, and I'm so thankful," she said. "It's really given my mom the hope to move forward, and a chance at life again."
Nash, 58, is living in a rehabilitation center near Boston. She lost her eyes, hands and facial features in the attack by the chimpanzee named Travis. The 200-pound animal was shot and killed by police after the attack.
The owner of the chimp, Sandra Herold, died in May 2010. A month later, Nash came to Stamford from Boston to celebrate Briana's graduation from Westhill High School.
In June, doctors said Nash was responding to questions with nods of her head. Her family said she was trying to communicate verbally.
In a family statement read at a news conference in June, Steve Nash, said: "Charla has fought hard, at first for her life, and then to begin to recover both physically and emotionally. Our family is deeply indebted to the many individuals and the three hospitals who have gotten her to this wonderful day."

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God Bless her.

She's waaaaaaay stronger than me.

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chimp must have ravaged her. damn, new face from a dead lady. at least it will be a face and something recognizable, rather than the mess that was there before. a tragic situation for the victim, but still she has hope and her family at her side, which is comforting. good on her.

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There are quite a few threads of her and her unfortunate accident. It's awesome that you found an update!

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