Charla Nash lost eyes, nose and jaw in chimpanzee attack
NY Daily News
The shocked family of the chimp attack victim said Wednesday a team of doctors is working feverishly to save her life as the extent of her horrific injuries was revealed.
Paramedics say Charla Nash, 55, lost her nose, eyes and jaw as the crazed simian ate her alive in the driveway of her friend's Stamford, Conn., home Monday.
His voice shaky, her twin brother, Mike Nash, thanked the four teams of specialists who performed more than seven hours of surgery.
"The team of doctors and staff battled around the clock to stabilize Charla," he said inside Stamford Hospital.
Charla Nash was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday, and her vital signs were improving, doctors said.
She was left near dead when her close friend's 200-pound ape, Travis, brutally mauled her after escaping the home he was raised in from infancy.
Travis' owner, Sandy Herold, used a butcher knife to stab the 14-year-old chimp, who was suffering from Lyme disease and had consumed Xanax - but the rampage only ended when cops shot the animal dead.
Questions emerged yesterday as to whether Travis should have been removed from Herold's home years ago.
A former Stamford resident, Leslie Mostel-Paul, 52, told the Daily News that Travis bit her hand in November 1996 when she tried to pet him in the parking lot of a local doctor's office.
Mostel-Paul says she contacted police, but her complaint was brushed aside.
"If the police had taken care of what they needed to, this woman wouldn't be lying in intensive care right now," Mostel-Paul said. "He shouldn't have been in the house."
Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said he had no record of the incident and could not confirm or deny its validity.
Miss Nash is in our prayer and thoughts...........Frank Dialogue