Woman who was attacked by berserk chimp gets full-face transplant
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
Updated 49m ago
A Boston hospital has performed a full-face transplant on a Connecticut woman who was severely mauled by a pet chimpanzee in 2009, The Boston Globe reports.
Later today, Brigham and Women's Hospital plans to announce details of the 20-hour operation, which was performed last month on Charla Nash, The Globe says.
Hands transplants were also attempted, but failed to thrive and were removed.
Nash was attacked by a chimpanzee named Travis, who was owned by a friend in Stamford, Conn. The 200-pound animal went berserk and ripped off her hands, face, nose, lips and eyelids. Police shot and killed the chimpanzee.
Nash has been unable to eat or breathe normally and must rely on feeding and breathing tubes. The face transplant is designed to address those problems.