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Chimp Attack Victim Visits Stamford Hospital

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut woman severely mauled by her friend’s chimpanzee has made an emotional return to the hospital where she received emergency medical care.

Charla Nash, wearing a veil over her face and accompanied by her brother, received hugs from members of the ER staff at Stamford Hospital who assisted during eight hours of surgery after the February 2009 attack.

She said on NBC’s “Today” show that without them she “wouldn’t be standing here.”

Nurse Summer Kruger says she’ll never forget the great strength Nash showed.

Nash is currently at an assisted living facility near Boston and awaiting word on whether she is eligible for hand and face surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The chimpanzee ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids before it was shot to death by police.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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