Chimp Attack Victim Charla Nash's Body Is Rejecting Her Face Transplant

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Charla Nash received a groundbreaking face transplant in 2011, after a devastating attack by a friend’s chimpanzee. Unfortunately, doctors say her body has started to reject the transplant.

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That’s according to the Associated Press. Nash’s transplant and follow-up care were funded by the Pentagon, as the AP explained last year, part of an effort to pioneer treatments for wounded soldiers. Doctors were attempting an experimental treatment in hopes of weaning her off a lifetime of anti-rejection drugs, which come with the risk of serious side effects.

“They asked me, could they? I said, ‘Yeah, I’d be thrilled to help out in any way I could,’” she told the AP.

But with her body beginning to reject the new face, they’ll be putting her back on her original regimen to try to stop the process. Nash said she’d “do it all over again,” and she’s hopeful that the experiment has been helpful for injured vets.


Photo via AP Images.

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From the linked story:

Anti-rejection drugs can have serious side effects, and the military funded the experiment in the hopes the alternative treatment could help those needing transplants after returning from war.

“I gave it my all and know my participation in the study will still be beneficial,” Nash said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I’d do it all over again, if I could. The men and women serving our country are the true heroes.”

Well, I have to love her for that.

Also I always felt bad for this woman, because she isn’t even the one who kept the chimpanzee! It’s a profoundly stupid thing to do, but it wasn’t her choice.