Charla Nash Chimp Victim Face Transplant

August 11, 2011 by staff 

Charla Nash Chimp Victim Face TransplantCharla Nash Chimp Victim Face Transplant, NBC’s “Today Show” broadcast the first public glimpse Charla Nash since he went through a full face transplant in May, having been maimed and blinded by a chimpanzee in Connecticut in 2009.

Stamford woman photos lie – eyes closed – in her hospital bed were transmitted at 8:13 am on Thursday. Despite her mouth bent a little, like a normal woman – “. The Oprah Winfrey Show” is very different from the person who saw the United States in November 2009 is no longer the face of Nash disfigured, bloated or scars.

“From February 16, 2009, I have been lucky to be in the care of many doctors amazing, nurses and caregivers,” Nash said in a statement issued this morning by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, the hospital where he received transplantation.

“These first people saved my life, then cured my wounds and gave me strength to face an uncertain future,” said Nash. “They helped me to adapt to an almost impossible situation that I could not see, smell and move safely without using hands.”

In her statement, Nash also thanked the anonymous donor and her family.

“These transplants would not have been possible without the generosity of a family unknown to me. I had a face and hands. Now I’ll be able to do things that I took for granted. I will be able to smell. I will be able to eat normally. I will no longer be distorted. I have lips and speak clearly again. I can kiss and hug their loved ones. I am extremely grateful to the donor and her family. ”

The name of the last transplant donor was not revealed to maintain the privacy of her family. A donor can be as much as 20 years younger or 10 years that the receiver must have the same blood type and skin color and texture similar.

Nash’s daughter, Briana, and her brother, Stephen Nash, talked about her progress since the transplant, with the co-host’s Ann Curry.

Briana Curry said, “It feels good … to see her list to get to it again.”

Said Stephen Nash, “His optimism is back, so we are fairly static.”

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of Plastic Surgery transplantation Boston Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led a team of over 30 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists in the process of full face transplant.

“It’s wonderful to see how recovery has progressed chat as she continues taking steps toward her new life,” said Pomahac in a statement Thursday.

Nash was the third full face transplant performed in the United States, three in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her skin, underlying muscle, blood vessels and nerves were replaced with the palate and teeth.

In June Pomahac said Nash’s recovery and the future looked great.

“Eventually it will be able to eat a hamburger, which she said was very important to her, who had only pureed food and her injury, and I think we can all identify with that,” said Pomahac.

Their first meal with her new face was eggs and cream cheese, journalist Jeff Rossen said Thursday.

Briana said the family of the donor was her mother “is just amazing.” His mother now has a way to move forward, “a chance to live life again.”

Nash’s family still has concerns about her recovery, however, said Briana. “We are concerned about getting her strength.”

Over the coming months, the wife of 57 years of age, develop more control over facial muscles and much more feeling, letting her breathe through her nose and develop their sense of smell, doctors said. She remains blind.

Nash underwent a double hand transplant in the same time as the face transplant, but several days after surgery, Nash developed pneumonia and suffered a fall in blood pressure, which compromises blood flow to her hands. That failed and were eliminated.

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