Chimp Attack Victim’s Face
June 12, 2011 by staff
Chimp Attack Victim’s Face, A Connecticut woman maimed by a crazed chimpanzee past has received a new face in the third operation must be performed in the U.S. and is waiting to go out in public and eat hot dogs and pizza after months of pureed foods.
Chat Nash, 57, underwent a transplant in the face and hands twice last month, but the hands were unsuccessful due to complications and retired, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, leader of the surgical team of 30 members the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said Friday. In general, the prospects are excellent, he said.
“No doubt it will help tremendously to feel human again,” said Pohamac.
In February 2009, was attacked by 200-pound chimp a neighbor’s pet, named Travis, who went crazy after the owner asked Nash to help attract back in Stamford, Connecticut, home. The animal was pulled from the hands of Nash, nose, lips and eyelids before being shot dead by police.
After crushing, Nash’s eyes were gone and only had a small opening in place of a mouth to eat pureed foods. He could talk but little understood.
More than two years later, Nash received the skin, underlying muscle, blood vessels, nerves, hard palate and teeth of a dead person, whose identity was not disclosed. It was the third full-face transplant in the U.S.
Over the coming months, will develop more control over facial muscles and a lot more feeling, letting you breathe through your nose and develop their sense of smell. She remains blind.
She failed to appear at a hospital news conference Friday, and no photographs of her after surgery were released.
Nash will be able to go out in public without feeling self-conscious, Pomahac said. He had to skip the graduation of her only daughter in high school last spring because she was worried that she would become the center of attention.
“We know who broke her heart,” said Pomahac, pausing to control his emotions. “I think her new face will chat to be present when Briana graduated from college in a few years.”
His brother Steve Nash said his sister wants to enjoy hot dogs and a slice of pizza at her favorite pizza in Poughkeepsie, New York, where they spent their childhood. Tears, he called the operation “miraculous.”
“We are confident to win their goal Talk to recover their health and independence in the future,” he said. He hoped that someday she has grandchildren who can “look into her eyes and her smile.”
“Talk hated having her photo. Any family reunion, she disappears,” said Kate Nash, her sister in law. “She does not want to be the center of attention every time, you know. That is why we want this. She is very happy to get a face, so people will not say, ‘Look at that woman with the veil.”
About a dozen face transplants have been performed worldwide in the U.S., France, Spain and China. The two previous full-face transplants in the U.S. Also performed at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The U.S. Army has given the Boston hospital a grant of five face transplants in the hope that the operations may eventually benefit the soldiers disfigured in battle.
This was the first attempt to hand transplant hospital but has returned to unite the hands of other patients for many years.
While the loss of the transplanted hand was disappointing, Pomahac said in an interview with The Associated Press that doctors would probably try another double hand transplant on it with a new donor, after waiting at least six months to heal Nash.
“To a blind patient, I think the hands create contact with the outside world, and ultimately the way to independence … and I think she will want to have done so in the future,” he said.
Nash still has an optic nerve, although the chimpanzee attack destroyed her eyes. Eye transplant is science fiction at this time, but you never know, “said Pomahac.
He said at the press conference that her left arm was replaced in the middle of the forearm. His right hand was replaced on the wrist, with the exception of the thumb, which was all that remained.
Several days after the operation, Nash developed pneumonia and suffered a fall in blood pressure, which compromised blood flow to your hands. The doctors finally had to remove the transplanted hands.
Experts not connected with the case said it was more risky than previous transplants, but unethical.
“The hand transplants and face transplants are large operations. When you combine the two operations can be a challenge,” said Dr. Joseph Losee, University of Pittsburgh.
Make separate operations, or try another hand transplant Nash in the future, increases the risk of rejection because the tissue from two different donors were involved, said Dr. Warren Breidenbach, who headed the nation’s transplant first hand, in 1999 at Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville. Is chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Arizona.
The Cleveland Clinic performs nation’s first transplant of the face, in part, in 2008, and had refused to treat one of Nash.
“His injuries are complex and have never done a hand transplant before so did not meet the criteria of our protocol,” said clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil.
Nash family sued the estate of the owner of the chimpanzee, Sandra Herold, and 50 million and wants to sue the state for and 150 million, saying that officials failed to prevent the attack. Herold died of an aneurysm last year.
Herold speculated that the chimp was trying to protect her and attacked Nash because she had changed her hairstyle, was driving a different car and carried a stuffed animal in front of her face to draw the attention of Travis.
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