Charla Nash had her eyelids, nose, jaw, lips and scalp ripped off by her friend’s pet chimpanzee but was able to feel like a ‘person again’ after her incredible face transplant
Charla Nash’s life changed forever when she had her face and hands savagely torn off by a chimpanzee during a horrifying attack.
In February 2009 she had been trying to help bring her friend’s pet chimp, Travis, inside after he ran away from his home in Stamford, Connecticut, when the 200-pound 14-year-old chimp launched himself at her.
He began violently mauling Charla, tearing off her eyelids, nose, jaw, lips, and most of her scalp.
The chimp broke nearly every bone in her face, completely ripped off one of her hands and nearly all of the other, and left her with brain tissue injuries.
Charla was also left blind after doctors had to remove her eyes because of an infection spread by the chimp.