Chimp Attack Victim
June 11, 2011 by staff
Chimp Attack Victim, More than two years after it maimed a chimpanzee, Charla Nash will be able to eat solid food and regain their sense of smell, thanks to a full-face transplant, doctors at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said Friday. “I’m happy to report that the team has achieved tremendous success,” said Dr. Elof Eriksson, head of the Division of Plastic Surgery. Surgeons also transplanted two hands to Nash, but not thrive, and withdrew.
In February 2009, Sandra Herold had called her friend Nash to help get your pet chimpanzee, Travis, back inside her house after he used a key to escape. When Nash arrived, the chimpanzee, which had been featured in television commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy, jumped on her and started biting and overwhelming, causing serious injuries to her face, neck and hands. Travis killed by police to stop the attack and later died of gunshot wounds. Doctors say they see Nash as more than an animal attack victim. For us, Charla is a brave and strong person. (She) inspired the team to do everything possible, using our collective expertise to restore your quality of life,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Director Bohdan Pomahac.
Nash face transplant was different than others do before because of the extent of damage to it, doctors said.
She is the third person at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital to receive a full-face transplant; Wiens Dallas was the first in the United States to have surgery in March, also in the hospital.
Nash is the second to receive a double hand transplant in the same time as a face transplant, the first was in France in 2009. The patient died of a heart attack in a subsequent operation.
Nash had lost her nose, upper jaw, most of the soft tissues in the face and upper and lower lips. She was also left blind.
The surgery, which took place last month, had to remove part of the fabric and attaching skin and underlying muscle, on the basis of the vessels and nerves that provide motor and sensory functions, Pomahac said. All the hard palate and teeth were also transplanted.
The result was miraculous, “said Nash’s brother, Steve.
What is more eager Nash, her brother said, was visiting her favorite position of hot dogs.
As for the transplantation of two hands, the doctors connected the new hands properly, but after a few days of Nash became ill and her blood pressure dropped, causing traffic problems for new members. After a few days, doctors saw that the hands were not thriving and removed.
In the next three months, Nash is regain sensation in the face, and six to nine months will be able to smile, the control of the lips and any other form of facial expressions, Pomahac said.
“All these things will gradually improve,” he said.
Nash skipped the graduation of her son in high school because I was afraid to distance him from the occasion, but thanks to the transplant, you can expect to be present for the graduation of the university, said Pomahac. The surgery will give you the opportunity to have a normal social life, he said.
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