New Life: Chimp Attack Victim Released From Cleveland Clinic

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New developments on the 55-year-old Connecticut woman viciously attacked and disfigured by a 200lb chimpanzee.

Charla Nash was savagely attacked by her friend's pet chimp, Travis, in February of 2009. The mauling caused serious injuries to Nash's face, neck and hands. Police shot Travis to halt the attack and he later died of gunshot wounds.

Following the attack, Nash was transported to the famed Cleveland Clinic, where the nation's first face transplant was performed. Nash lost her nose, upper and lower lips, eyelids and both her hands in the attack, as well as the "bony structures in her mid-face."

But, after over a year of treatment, Nash was released on Thursday.

The Clinic released the following statement Friday morning.

Ms. Charla Nash has made great progress in her recovery. She is doing well and has been discharged from the Cleveland Clinic. Throughout her stay she has touched the lives of many of our employees; we wish Charla and her family all the best.

No word on where Nash will reside at this time.

Criminal charges will not be filed against the owner of a chimpanzee. However, a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by Nash's family is currently pending.

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