A woman who underwent a full face transplant in May after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 revealed her new face in a photo that was released on Thursday.
Charla Nash, 57, who was photographed in her hospital bed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, appears dramatically different with a new nose, lips and facial skin.
“I will now be able to do things I once took for granted,” Nash said in a statement. “I will be able to smell. I will be able to eat normally. I will no longer be disfigured. I will have lips and will speak clearly once again. I will be able to kiss and hug loved ones.”
Nash was hurt after a friend’s 200-pound pet chimpanzee went on a rampage two years ago. She lost her hands, lips, nose and eyes, leaving her blind and disfigured after the attack. The animal was eventually shot and killed by police.
Prior to the surgery, Nash was often photographed wearing a veil to hide her disfigurement.