Charla Nash made an emotional return to the hospital where she received emergency medical care after she was severely mauled by a chimp in Stamford in February 2009.
Nash, wearing a veil over her face, went to Stamford Hospital with her brother and received hugs from members of the ER staff who assisted during a grueling eight-hour surgery.
Nash said on NBC's "Today" show that without them people from the local hospital, she "wouldn't be standing here."
Nurse Summer Kruger says she'll never forget the great strength Nash showed.
Nash is currently at an assisted living facility near Boston and awaiting word on whether she is eligible for hand and face surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The chimpanzee ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids before it was shot to death by police.
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Published at 12:35 PM EST on Dec 17, 2010 | Updated at 12:45 PM EST on Dec 17, 2010
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