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US woman disfigured in chimp attack gets a new face

August 12, 2011 - London

Two years after she was attacked and horribly disfigured by a friend's pet chimpanzee, an American woman has revealed her new face on the television.

Carla Nash, 57, who lost her nose, eyes, lips, mouth and hands in the attack, underwent a groundbreaking 20-hour full face transplant in May to get a new face and replace her hands.

Nash, from Connecticut, can now speak and taste again.

"I will now be able to do things I once took for granted," the Sun quoted her as saying.

"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," she stated.

"I will be able to kiss and hug loved ones. I am tremendously grateful to the donor and her family," she added.

In an interview filmed for US TV show Today, Carla said her first meal after the procedure was egg and cream cheese.

And she told how she was beginning to feel her jaw and chin again.

She added: "I can move my mouth and smile. I still feel weak. But little by little I'm getting stronger."

The raging chimp 'Travis', which belonged to her pal Sandra Herold, was eventually shot by police.

Carla received skin, underlying muscles, blood vessels, nerves, a hard palate and teeth and a double hand transplant but the limbs had to be removed after she suffered Pneumonia.

"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," lead surgeon Dr Bodan Pomahac said.

The victim is suing her friend's estate for 30 million pounds Herold who died a year ago and has also filed a 100million pounds lawsuit against the state of Connecticut for failing to prevent the attack.


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