Charla Nash’s New Face – Charla Nash’s life has been changed with a new face.
She told NBC’s “Today” show that she’s returning to more of her normal life and her donor face has begun molding to her underlying bone structure.
“I’ve had people tell me I’m beautiful,” Nash said in the interview that aired Monday. “And they were not telling me I was beautiful before.”
Nash said she was cheered by a simple “hello” from a child while she was shopping recently.
“That didn’t happen before,” she said. “It was nice. The little girl was saying ‘hi’ to me. … I’m not scaring anybody.”
Nash was attacked in February 2009 by a neighbor’s 200-pound pet chimpanzee, which went berserk after its owner asked Nash to help lure it back into her house in Stamford, Conn.
The animal, named Travis, ripped off Nash’s nose, lips, eyelids and hands before being shot to death by police.
Nash was blinded in the attack.
Charla underwent a face and double hand transplant in May, but the hands failed to thrive because of complications and were removed. Doctors have told her she might be able to have a transplant in a year.
Charla said it didn’t bother her when she found out her hands were removed “because I was too sick to worry about that.”
“And then later on, I was disappointed that, you know, I had them and they’re gone again. But I’m hoping, you know,” Nash stated.