Graphic Update on Chimp Attack Victim

Thursday, Mar 5, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Facial reconstruction or a face transplant is not ruled out for Charla Nash. But the Cleveland Clinic says it's too soon to consider.

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The Cleveland Clinic released a statement from the family of Charla Nash, the woman mauled by a teenage chimpanzee named Travis last month in Stamford.

Nash's vision is threatened, and "critical issues still remain related to a significant traumatic brain injury", according to the statement.

In the most detail yet, the Cleveland Clinic outlined the extent of the 55-year-old's injuries.  "She lost her nose, upper and lower lips, eyelids and the bony structures in her mid-face.  She also lost both of her hands."

"The full extent of these injuries and her potential for recovery, if any, remain unclear."

The Cleveland clinic is credited with conducting the first successful face transplant surgery.  But in this case, they say any consideration of that option is premature.

Nash remains in critical condition.

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