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Woman mauled by chimpanzee given face transplant.

Summary: A woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the United States.

A woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the United States.

Charla Nash was mauled after a friend's pet chimpanzee Travis went on a rampage. The animal was eventually shot and killed by police.

Nash's face was rebuilt by a medical team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents at a Boston hospital. Working for more than 20 hours, the team replaced Nash's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and nerves, as well as giving her a double hand transplant. But the hands did not thrive and were removed.

Over the coming months, 57-year old Nash, who remains blind, is expected to gain more control over her facial muscles, regain her sense of smell and be able to breathe through her transplanted nose.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Jun 16, 2011
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