Chimp-attack victim gets approval for face and hand transplants

04/7/2011 | Washington Post, The

Charla Nash, whose face and hands were destroyed when a friend's pet chimpanzee attacked her, has passed pre-operative evaluations and is eligible for a face and hand transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital when a suitable donor is found. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic previously ruled out Nash as a candidate due to the complexity of her injuries. Surgeons led by plastic surgeon Dr. Bohdan Pomahac at Brigham and Women's are considering whether to perform the hand and face transplants simultaneously, which has been done only once before.

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