Alaboutnothing Official Blog

April 30, 2009

Charla Nash (Attacked by a Chimp) Update

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 6:24 pm

This is an update on Charla’s condition since the March 10th posting on this site.

The following statement was released by the Cleveland Clinic on
Monday April 6, 2009
:

Ms. Charla Nash remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic and is currently in “critical but stable” condition. In mid-February, she suffered extensive traumatic injuries to her face, hands and eyes after the attack.  

Over the past ten days, Ms. Nash has made significant neurological and psychological improvement. She is now awake and is able to communicate with her family and caregivers. However, full cognitive recovery could take up to a year. As we have begun to communicate with her, it is clear that her injury has left her completely blind in both eyes, with no chance for improvement.

At this time, her doctors are planning the first phase of reconstructive surgery with input from Ms. Nash and her family. The first procedure will focus on restoring critical function and preventing infection. Over time, surgical efforts will address her more complex functional needs and improve her aesthetics. The entire process will likely take numerous surgeries over the next two years. Her initial reconstructive surgery will be focused solely on her facial trauma and not her hands, as these wounds have been stabilized. Discussion or consideration for a face transplant is premature at this time.

The physical and emotional well-being of our patient and her family during this long process is our utmost priority and will be the focus of her future care plans. The family is hopeful and continues to be grateful to those who have been concerned about her recovery.”

Reference:  http://nashtrust.com/

Please continue to keep Charla in your prayers.

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