June 10, 2011 |
A Connecticut woman who was attacked by a friend's 200-pound chimpanzee has received a full face transplant in a Boston hospital, the Associated Press reports. The 57-year-old Charla Nash is not the first U.S. recipient of a full facial transplant (that distinction belongs to Dallas Wiens of Texas, whose operation Mary Forgione blogged about earlier this year). Nash, who lost her hands, lips, nose and eyelids in the attack, received transplants for her face and hands late last month, but doctors had to remove the hands because of complications.
October 15, 2009 |
An attorney representing the owner of a chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a woman is calling the attack a work-related incident and said her case should be treated as a workers' compensation claim. The strategy, if successful, would severely limit potential damages and insulate the chimp's owner from liability. The 200-pound chimpanzee, named Travis, went berserk in February when his owner, Sandra Herold, asked her friend and employee, Charla Nash, to help lure him back into her house in Stamford.
August 11, 2011 |
Face transplant patient Charla Nash, who was disfigured after being mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee two years ago, says she is recovering well and is grateful for the reconstructive surgery that is returning her to a fuller life. In photos released Thursday by Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Nash is shown with her new face, still swollen but similar in skin tone to her face prior to the attack. Nash, 57, lost her lips, eyes, nose and hands in the attack. Hands were also transplanted in the 20-hour operation in May. However, complications ensued and the hands were removed.
December 28, 2011 |
Details of three groundbreaking full facial transplants were released in a research article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The cases of three patients , from being screened for surgery to recovery, are documented. Although known as Patients 1, 2 and 3 in the article, they are recognizable in their photographs as Dallas Wiens, Charla Nash and Mitch Hunter, whose transplants in 2011 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston made headlines. Wiens was burned by an electrical line and lost his sight, Nash was attacked by a friend's chimpanzee, and Hunter was in a car accident and was burned by a fallen power line.
June 2, 2012 |
"Zombie apocalypse," voodoo curses and a potent street drug called "bath salts. " Those are just a few of the angles the media have pursued after the bizarre case of a naked man shot and killed by Miami police as he was eating the face of another man. A less sensational angle? The long, sad journey that awaits the homeless victim, Ronald Poppo, 65, who is believed to have lost about 80% of his face -- including one eye -- in the gruesome daylight attack. Poppo is not likely to get a face transplant, experts say. Such procedures are extremely rare.
February 18, 2009 |
The owner of a 200-pound chimpanzee that mauled a woman in Connecticut begged police to shoot the animal, crying that her beloved pet was ripping her friend apart. Police in Stamford released 911 tapes of Sandra Herold's call to police as her 14-year-old chimp was attacking 55-year-old Charla Nash on Monday. The chimp can be heard at times on the tape, as Herold cries, "He's killing my friend." The dispatcher says, "Who's killing your friend?" Herold replies, "My chimpanzee.