Doctors: CT woman's face transplant 'life-changing'

STAMFORD - The public got a first look today at the new face of the Stamford woman attacked by her friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009.

The Boston hospital where Charla Nash underwent hours of surgery released an image following a full face and double hand transplant in May.

Nash's surgery was only the second time in the world that doctors attempted a full face and double hand transplant.

Despite complications which led to both hands being removed, Nash is still calling the surgery a success.

The procedure took 20 hours and included replacing the forehead, nasal structure, nose and lips.

Nash is now living in a rehabilitation center outside of Boston. In a statement, she said that the transplant would not have been possible without the generosity of a person and family unknown to her and she will now be able to do the things she once took for granted.

Doctors who first treated Nash after the attack got a glimpse at the transplant results today. They say the Boston surgeons who performed Nash's procedures did a beautiful job and have improved Nash's life immensely.

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