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A new face for Charla

Charla Nash was severely disabled after she was attacked by a friend's chimp. See how she looked before, and what she looks like now, after a face transplant.

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Face transplant recipient Charla Nash, of Stamford, Connecticut, is pictured before her injury in this undated photograph released on June 10, 2011. Nash, mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009, has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the United States, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital said on Friday. To match Reuters Life! FACE-TRANSPLANT/CHIMPANZEE REUTERS/Photo courtesy of the Nash family/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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FILE - This Oct. 20, 2003 file photo, shows Travis, a 10-year-old chimpanzee, sitting in the corner of his playroom at the home of Sandy and Jerome Herold in Stamford, Conn. Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed a full face transplant on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled two years ago by Travis, who was shot and killed by police. Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital say they performed the transplant on Nash late last month. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Kathleen O'Rourke, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
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The gated driveway to the home where Charla Nash was mauled by a chimpanzee is seen on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in Stamford, Conn. Police say Travis attacked Charla Nash when she arrived at owner Sandra Herold's house to help lure the chimp back inside. Herold speculated that Travis was being protective of her and attacked Nash because she had a different hairstyle, was driving a different car and held a stuffed toy in front of her face to get the chimp's attention. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

The gated driveway to the home where Charla Nash was mauled by a chimpanzee is seen on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in Stamford, Conn. Police say Travis attacked Charla Nash when she arrived at owner Sandra Herold's house to help lure the chimp back inside. Herold speculated that Travis was being protective of her and attacked Nash because she had a different hairstyle, was driving a different car and held a stuffed toy in front of her face to get the chimp's attention. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)
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Charles Willinger, an attorney, puts his hand on the shoulder of Michael Nash the brother of Charla Nash, after a court hearing Monday, April 13, 2009 in Stamford Conn for a lawsuit against the owner of a chimpanzee that nearly killed Charla Nash in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)
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Stamford police officer Frank Chiafari testifies in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, before state lawmakers about the need to reform workers compensation laws. Chiafari says he was traumatized after shooting a rampaging chimpanzee to death after it mauled and blinded its owner's friend about a year ago. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36962822/ns/today-today_people/t/cop-who-shot-chimp-it-was-terror-terror/
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Face transplant recipient Charla Nash is pictured after her injury, in this undated photograph released on June 10, 2011. Nash, who was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009, has received a full face transplant, the third surgery of its kind performed in the United States, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital said on Friday. To match Reuters Life! FACE-TRANSPLANT/CHIMPANZEE REUTERS/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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epa02775576 An undated Handout photograph released 11 June 2011 showing (L-R) Bohdan Pomahac, MD, director of the Plastic Surgery Transplantation program, Danial Alam, MD, Head of the Section of Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in theHead and Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic and Julian Pribaz, MD, a surgeon in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department working as Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery, in coordination with the hospital's entire transplant team, and the New England Organ Bank, worked to replace the soft facial tissues of Connecticut chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Expert hand surgery teams also worked with donor tissues on Charla Nash's right and left hands simultaneously with the face transplant team in the crowded operating room. The transplant team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, began their surgical procedures shorty after 10 p.m. and Charla Nash was transported to the tower ICU floor for recovery shortly before 7 p.m. the following day. The Hospital only dates the surgery as being in late May. EPA/LIGHTCHASER PHOTOGRAPHY / BRIGHAM AND WOMENS HOSPITAL / HANDOUT MAGAZINES OUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES
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BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, NASH FAMILY MEMBERS VIST CHARLA NASH TRIPLE  TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT FOR FIRST TIME IN ICU

2011 June 2011, Boston, MA, USA, LIGHTCHASER PHOTOGRAPHY, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery's Dr. Bohdan Pomahac welcomed Charla Nash's family members to visit her less than 24 hours after the groundbreaking fourth face transplant at the hospital. Charla's brother Steve and her only daughter Brianna visited a sedated Charla in her ICU room for a short time. ..The hospital's entire transplant team, and the New England Organ Bank, worked throughout an entire day to replace the soft facial tissues of Connecticut chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash. Expert hand surgery teams also worked with donor tissues on Charla Nash's right and left hands simultaniously with the face transplant team in the crowded operating room. The transplant team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, began their surgical procedures shorty after 10 p.m. and Charla Nash was transported to the tower ICU floor for recovery shortly before 7 p.m. the following day....( lightchaser photography image by j. kiely jr. © 2011 )
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BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, BRIANNA NASH VISITS MOTHER CHARLA NASH FACE TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT IN ROOM

20110705, July 5 2011, Boston, MA, USA, LIGHTCHASER PHOTOGRAPHY, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery's Dr. Bohdan Pomahac spoke with full face transplant patient Charla Nash, of Connecticut, in her Brigham and Women's Hospital room along with her daughter Brianna who was visiting her mother Tuesday morning in Boston. ~ The hospital's entire transplant team, and the New England Organ Bank, worked throughout an entire day to replace the soft facial tissues of Connecticut chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash. Expert hand surgery teams also worked with donor tissues on Charla Nash's right and left hands simultaniously with the face transplant team in the crowded operating room. The transplant team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, began their surgical procedures shortly after 10 p.m. and Charla Nash was transported to the tower ICU floor for recovery shortly before 7 p.m. the following day. ( lightchaser photography image by j. kiely jr. © 2011 ) NO ARCHIVE, NO MAGAZINES
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BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, BRIANNA NASH VISITS MOTHER CHARLA NASH FACE TRANSPLANT RECIPIENT IN ROOM

20110705, July 5 2011, Boston, MA, USA, LIGHTCHASER PHOTOGRAPHY, Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery's Dr. Bohdan Pomahac spoke with full face transplant patient Charla Nash, of Connecticut, in her Brigham and Women's Hospital room along with her daughter Brianna who was visiting her mother Tuesday morning in Boston. ~ The hospital's entire transplant team, and the New England Organ Bank, worked throughout an entire day to replace the soft facial tissues of Connecticut chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash. Expert hand surgery teams also worked with donor tissues on Charla Nash's right and left hands simultaniously with the face transplant team in the crowded operating room. The transplant team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, began their surgical procedures shortly after 10 p.m. and Charla Nash was transported to the tower ICU floor for recovery shortly before 7 p.m. the following day. ( lightchaser photography image by j. kiely jr. © 2011 ) NO ARCHIVE, NO MAGAZINES
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Meredith Vieira speaks to Charla Nash and her daughter Briana, about the face transplant that has given Nash hope for a new life after the 2009 chimp attack that nearly killed her.
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Charla Nash received a face transplant in May, 2011 -- a 20-hour operation that has given her the chance at a normal life again, after a brutal 2009 attach by a friend's pet chimpanzee literally ripped her face off.
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L-R: Charla Nash is pictured before the 2009 chimp attack; recovering after the attack; shortly after her May, 2011 face transplant; and in November, 2011.

L-R: Charla Nash is pictured before the 2009 chimp attack; recovering after the attack; shortly after her May, 2011 face transplant; and in November, 2011.
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Image: Stephen Nash, Charla Nash

Charla Nash arrives with her brother Stephen, left, for a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Nash who was mauled in a 2009 chimpanzee attack is attending a hearing to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Charla Nash, right, talks with attorney Bill Monaco before a hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Nash who was mauled in a 2009 chimpanzee attack is attending a hearing to determine whether she may sue the state for $150 million in claimed damages. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Charla Nash poses for a portrait at her home on March 13, 2014. Nash suffered severe injuries to her face and arms from Travis, a chimpanzee that lived with its owner who was a friend of Nash's.

Charla Nash poses for a portrait at her home on March 13, 2014. Nash suffered severe injuries to her face and arms from Travis, a chimpanzee that lived with its owner who was a friend of Nash's.
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