August 11, 2011
First Photo and Statement from Face Transplant Recipient Charla Nash is Released
From left to right: Charla Nash prior to the attack, after the injuries and after the full face transplant.
“It’s wonderful to see how Charla’s recovery has progressed as she continues taking steps toward her new life,” said Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the BWH Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program. Pomahac led the team of more than 30 physicians, nurses and anesthesiologists in the full face transplant procedure, at the time the third full face transplant in three months at BWH.
June 10, 2011
- View & download photos
- Watch & download animation of the procedure
- Watch & download surgery video and video of Charla before the procedure
- Nash family statement
- Fact sheet
- Archived webcast of the press conference
A Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) plastic and orthopedic surgery team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, performed a full face transplant on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. The procedure was performed late last month. It is the third full face transplant procedure performed this year at Brigham and Women’s. A double hand transplant was also performed, however the hands failed to thrive and were removed.
In a press conference at Brigham and Women's Hospital on June 10, 2011, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac addresses the media.
Consent for the donation of the tissue graft from the face was obtained by New England Organ Bank staff after conversations with the donor family.
“When our work on this face transplant project began, we knew it would depend on consent for donation from some amazing donor families who would seek to help others even as they experienced their own personal grief. We have since had the honor of working with four donor families who have made this donation decision. Their strength and generosity are an inspiration to all of us,” said Richard S. Luskin, CEO of New England Organ Bank.
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