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Chimp Attack Victim Praised For New Face

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Charla Nash (Brigham and Womens Hospital Photo)

Charla Nash (Brigham and Womens Hospital Photo)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut woman mauled by an out-of-control chimpanzee is venturing out more after a face transplant and says her new face is getting compliments.

NBC’s “Today” show broadcast an interview Monday with Charla Nash, who was severely injured when a neighbor’s chimpanzee went berserk in February 2009. She says she’s returning to more of her normal life and her donor face has begun molding to her underlying bone structure.

She says people have told her she’s beautiful, which didn’t happen before.

Nash was blinded in the attack. She also can’t feel her face because the attack took her hands.

Nash 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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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