Friday, June 10, 2011

Woman Mauled By Chimp Receives New Face

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A Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the country, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital said on Friday.

Charla Nash was hurt after a friend's 200-pound pet chimpanzee Travis went on a rampage. The animal was eventually shot and killed by police.

Nash's face was rebuilt last month by a medical team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents, the hospital announced on Friday.

Working for more than 20 hours, the team replaced Nash's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and nerves.

The hospital said a double hand transplant was also attempted, but the hands did not thrive and were removed.

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