After two years of living behind a veil, Charla Nash revealed her new face that science has given her, a visage that replaces the one mangled in a vicious attack by a friend’s pet chimpanzee that left her without a nose, eyes or lips.
That Charla survived the attack at all is amazing in itself. But the new face that Charla has shown the world seems nothing short of miraculous. Once again she has a nose and lips. Once again she may be able to do the simple things we all take for granted: to literally smell the roses, to taste her food, and to breathe through her own nose. Her first meal after the surgery: Eggs and cream cheese.
I’m beginning to feel my jaw and chin. And I can move my mouth and smile. I still feel weak. But little by little I’m getting stronger.
– Charla Nash
Charla Nash Face Surgery
Back in May, in a grueling 20-hour surgery, doctors gave Charla her new face. The 30-member surgical team, under the leadership of Dr. Bohdan Pomanhac at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, performed a groundbreaking full face and double hand transplant.
Unfortunately, problems surfaced with the transplanted hands when Charla developed pneumonia, which led to low blood flow in her new hands, and they had to be removed days after the surgery.
Charla’s new face thrived, and as time went on and the swelling went down, her face began to mold to her underlying bone structure, giving her an appearance reminiscent of the way she looked before the horrifying attack in 2009.
Charla had gone to visit her friend, Sandra Herold, back in 2009. Charla had just gotten out of her car when Herold’s chimp spotted her, went berserk and attacked. A terrified Herold dialed 911 and Charla was rushed to the hospital where doctors managed to save her life, but not her face or her hands. [almost a similar scene can be seen in the film: Rise of the Planets of the Apes]
Post author: Daniel Semper