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Ape attack victim gets face transplant

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Jun 10, 2011 | 10:15am EDT

Charla Nash was left severely mutilated and disfigured after the terrifying encounter with her friend's pet in 2009.

The ape, Travis, who had appeared in TV commercials, ripped off Nash' hands, face, nose, lips and eyelids. He was shot and killed by police.

The Boston Globe reports she underwent a 20-hour operation last month (May11) at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Surgeons hope the transplant will help Nash eat and breathe normally again.

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