Chimp Victim Can’t Get Transplants

The Charger Bulletin

An attorney for a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee a year ago says a hospital has told the family they can’t perform a face and hand transplant for her.

An attorney for a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee a year ago says a hospital has told the family they can't perform a face and hand transplant for her.

Bill Monaco, attorney for Charla Nash, said the family is looking into alternative facilities after the Cleveland Clinic said they could not do both transplants at their facility. He said the transplants have to be done simultaneously and come from the same donor.

Telephone messages were left Monday with the Cleveland Clinic, which performed the nation’s first face transplant.

The 200-pound chimpanzee went berserk in February after its owner asked Nash to help lure him back into her house. The animal ripped off Nash’s hands, nose, lips and eyelids.