She was attacked by a chimpanzee. This is how she looks after a face transplant
Exotic wild animals should never be domesticated or kept in houses for any reason. They are feral in nature and will defend themselves when they feel threatened. Some of the exotic animals like chimpanzees and apes are stronger than humans and when things go bad, they really go bad.
A woman was attacked by a domesticated chimpanzee in 2009 and lost all of her face in the attack, after it was bitten off by the chimp. She then received life saving surgeries and even a fully paid for face transplant surgery. See the difference between her face before and after the surgery.
1 The woman who lost her face
Charla Nash was 55 years old in 2009. She was a lively woman who was living life to the fullest. Her friend Sandra Herold who lived in Connecticut had a chimpanzee that she had raised from childhood and it even used to act in TV commercials and even appeared in TV shows. The animal was supposed to be domesticated fully and was known to open doors, drink out of wine glasses and do other stunts.
Nash was a barrel racer on the rodeo circuit in her younger days. She used to work on a farm and did horse riding. On the fateful day in February 2009, she had visited her friend Herold and the chimpanzee was present there too. That evening changed Nash’s life forever when the chimp attacked her and left her disfigured for life.
2 A life-changing day!
The name of the chimpanzee was Travis and he was 13 years old at the time of incident. He was owned by Jerome and Sandra Herold and used to work in US TV shows and commercials. He was fully domesticated and was trained to open doors using keys, could dress himself. He used to water plants in the garden and loved ice cream.
On February 16, 2009, something provoked Travis and he attacked Charla, inflicting grievous injuries to her face and hands. He bit off her eyelids, ears and nose and severely disfigured her face. He also severed her hands by biting them off. Sandra tried to stop him and even stabbed him with a butcher knife, but managed to anger him further. The 91 kg animal then had to be shot dead by police officers as he charged towards the police officers. He was shot several times and was found dead the next day, next to his cage.
3 The dangerous consequences of the attack!
Nash was immediately rushed to the hospital where the medical professionals performed seven hours of life saving surgeries on her. She had lost her nose, hands, eyes, lips and bone structure in the middle of her face. Doctors announced that she would be blind for life as her eyes had to be removed, after they contracted a disease from the chimp. Her condition made her a candidate for a face transplant surgery and the US military decided to fund her surgery in order to study the effects and then see whether it can be applied for battle injured soldiers.
She received a new face and hands, but her body rejected the hands and they had to be removed. But her experimental face transplant went well. “It’s very hard to live. Not even live – half-live, sometimes you want to cry, you want out, you want some kind of home. I don’t know what my future is, that’s the scary part” says Charla.
4 How she looks after the face transplant surgery?
Charla now lives alone in an apartment, but has help from part time nurses and aids coming to her. She now spends her day listening to radio and books on tape. She has also taken to exercise in order to keep herself healthy. Also a GoFundMe page was setup for her so that she could get prosthetic hands. She also has to go to a lab for tests every six weeks.
She said in an interview: “When people do so much for you, you wish you could give back to everybody. Whether I can, I’m going to do little by little. I’m just happy I had the chance to help.” She continued saying, “I wish I could have done more. I believe in the power of prayer and appreciate everyone who is praying for me.”