Chimp victim won't regain sight

April 6, 2009 7:29:16 PM PDT
There is new information on the local woman recovering from the bizarre and brutal chimpanzee attack. While Charla Nash has made some improvements, doctors say she has lost sight in both eyes. Nash remains in critical but stable condition at a hospital in Cleveland.

Doctors report that she has made significant neurological and psychological progress, but there is no chance she will regain her sight.

The 55-year-old was attacked by a friend's chimpanzee in February. The chimp was shot to death by police.

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement:

"Ms. Charla Nash remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic and is currently in 'critical but stable' condition. In mid-February, she suffered extensive traumatic injuries to her face, hands and eyes after the attack.

Over the past ten days, Ms. Nash has made significant neurological and psychological improvement. She is now awake and is able to communicate with her family and caregivers. However, full cognitive recovery could take up to a year. As we have begun to communicate with her, it is clear that her injury has left her completely blind in both eyes, with no chance for improvement.

At this time, her doctors are planning the first phase of reconstructive surgery with input from Ms. Nash and her family. The first procedure will focus on restoring critical function and preventing infection. Over time, surgical efforts will address her more complex functional needs and improve her aesthetics. The entire process will likely take numerous surgeries over the next two years. Her initial reconstructive surgery will be focused solely on her facial trauma and not her hands, as these wounds have been stabilized. Discussion or consideration for a face transplant is premature at this time.

The physical and emotional well-being of our patient and her family during this long process is our utmost priority and will be the focus of her future care plans. The family is hopeful and continues to be grateful to those who have been concerned about her recovery."

---
On the Net:

Trust for Charla Nash: http://www.nashtrust.com


NEW YORK AND TRI-STATE AREA NEWS

USEFUL LINKS:
  • VIEWER PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

  • REPORT TYPO

  • GET WIDGET

  • EYEWITNESS TWITTER

  • FIND US ON FACEBOOK



  • Load Comments