This just in from Brigham & Women's: Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was blinded and horribly injured in a chimpanzee attack, has received a full face transplant in hopes of helping her eat and breathe better, as well as a hand transplant that failed to work.
BWH Surgeons Perform Transplant Surgery on Charla Nash
Boston, MA – A Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) plastic and orthopedic surgery team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, performed a full face transplant on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. The procedure was performed late last month. It is the third full face transplant procedure performed this year at Brigham and Women’s. A double hand transplant was also performed, however the hands failed to thrive and were removed.
It's unclear whether another hand transplant would be possible in the future.
The Cleveland Clinic previously turned down Nash for a face and hand transplant, because doctors did not believe they had the capacity to transplant the hands. This was the Brigham's first hand transplant.
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