Chimpanzee attack victim gets new face

BOSTON (AP) -- A Connecticut woman who underwent a full face transplant after an attack by a chimpanzee wants to eat hamburgers and pizza again.

Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston say they performed the transplant on Charla Nash late last month.

Nash's brother, Steve Nash, said at a news conference Friday that his sister wants to enjoy a slice of pizza from their favorite pizza parlor in their hometown of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The lead surgeon says Nash told him she wants a burger.

He says Nash will slowly regain facial functions over the next six to nine months.

Family members say Nash has had a rough recovery from the face transplant. A family spokesman says Nash developed pneumonia and kidney failure after last month's surgery, and only recently regained consciousness.

The surgery team also performed a double hand transplant on Nash, but the hands failed to thrive and were removed.
 

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