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Charla Nash, the woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee, is unveiled on 'Oprah Winfrey'

Charla Nash on Oprah

Charla Nash, the Stamford, Conn., woman mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee on Feb. 16, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today.

During the interview, Nash willingly removed her veiled hat that normally covers her face to avoid scaring people, revealing her badly disfigured face to the public for the first time, according to the Hartford Courant.

The family of Nash has filed a lawsuit against the chimp's owner, Nash’s longtime friend and employer, Sandra Herold. Her injuries were described in the lawsuit as "catastrophic"; she lost both hands and incurred "traumatic facial injury [including loss of her nose, upper and lower lips, eyelids and the bony structures in her mid-face]."

The attack Feb. 16 occurred outside Herold's Stamford home, when Herold called Nash to help her shepherd the chimpanzee, Travis, back into her house. Police shot and killed the chimpanzee after he attacked Nash.

Twitter users have been expressing their concern about the tragedy after watching the show, using the hashtag #Oprah:

annabrown86 says: This is why certain animals should not be domesticated.

justbrianna says: Woman who was brutally attacked by a chimpanzee is on #Oprah today. God bless her. These animals aren't pets, they're not cuddly. They kill.

_robertito_ says: I feel bad 4 that woman. Even if she gets $$ out of it, it will never b the same

biglilkim says: I will not even play wit a stuffed monkey from now on afta seeing that lady face

Doctors from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have been able to reattach one of her thumbs, which Winfrey politely shook at the end of the interview. When Oprah asked Nash what she would say to people who saw her and didn’t know how to react, Nash replied:

"I'm the same person I've always been. I just look different. You know, and there's things that happen in life that, you know, you can't change it. You know, it's a tragedy."

RELATED:
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House votes to approve Captive Primate Safety Act after chimp attack

-- Kelsey Ramos

Photo: Charla Nash on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Nov. 11. Credit: "The Oprah Winfrey Show "

 
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Don't blame the chimap! Yes, this story is extremly catastrophic, but unfortunatly it happens. It is neither the chimp or the women's fault, but the chimpanzee shouldn't be killed for a simple mistake. If it is human against animal, the animal is going to lose everytime. That is why we need to save wildlife.

Is there no one Winfrey will not exploit?

JOHNNY CHIMPO!!!!!!!!!!!

maggie, please honey.
it was obviously right to shoot the damn thing before he did any more damage, like maybe KILL her? thats why we need to leave wildlife ALONE. charla is a strong, beautiful person and all of this could have been avoided if people would stop getting ridiculous ideas, like domesticating a chimp?

Brave woman. She needs our support and comfort.

Sorry Maggie, even as someone who sympathizes with animals and the suffering humans often put them through, I have to say your comment is insane. The chimpanzee shouldn't be killed for a "simple mistake"? You call ripping a woman's face, eyes and hands off a "simple mistake"? This attack went on for 12 minutes before the cops arrived shot the chimp, otherwise who knows what would have happened. Yeah, the chimp should never have been kept as a pet in the first place, but there is no question that animal need to be shot immediately.

I feel for the chimp, he just did what he is supposed to do, a poor animal taken out of its environment. And for the lady, of course. But if I was scared or did not feel comfortable being around a huge ape, I would stay away from it. She took the risk. And what is with those multimillion dollar lawsuits? No amount of money is going to give her her face back. It was an accident, she should stop blaming other people for her own carelessness.

i'm sure if given the choice, the woman just want her life back...but unfortunately, that is not possible. what is the remain of this woman's life need medical care and support which i think she has the right to sue for. if this happen to you, you will call bloody murder 10x over.
have some sympathy!
it's tragic and sad. this woman is brave to be where she is right now. i applaud her for her courage.

I will have the Chimp steak please, extra bloody with fries on an extra plate.

Wow Monica, a little harsh dont you think? I do see the point you are trying to make but come on, the womans face is gone! I agree that the animal shouldnt have domestic in the first place but have a touch of sympathy for the poor woman.

i have no sympathy for anyone injured when an intelligent, thinking being decides he has had enough and lashes out at his captors. anyone who owns a primate in this country should be jailed and their assets confiscated to build a rehabilitation center/retirement home to house the animals they have been abusing

@wes:

She didn't even own the creature. She was doing a favor for her friend. This woman in no way deserved what happened to her and I'm appalled how far some people will go when it comes to expressing their radical views.

I'm with you Maggie. People have/use animals mostly for their personal entertainment or misuse and then when something unfortunate like this happens - who gets blamed/punished? Was it the animals fault to be put in it's unnatural environment NOT with it's own kind? Should the monkey had known or learned human behavior or the other way around? I think we all know that answer yet like Maggie said....the animals always lose.


Was it really necessary?

looking at the video and how the face of charla nash (the 55 year old girl who got her face ripped-off by a chimpanzee) was really gruesome and one may think that Oprah may gone a little bit too far for the interview.

The person was already under in veil, wouldn't it be better if she stays in that way? rather than getting it unveiled for Public Watching.

Link: http://bit.ly/charla-nash-horrible-pictures-and-her-oprah-interview

To Maggie and Monica...you should be ashamed of yourselfs for saying something like that. It was no where NEAR charla's fault. no she does NOT get what she Deserves. and NO SHE WILL NOT STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE because it was the other lady's fault for bringing an animal that huge into human life...THATS EXACTLY why we should leave wild life alone. instead of blaming charla. you all should feel sorry for her. cause now she cant see her daughter go to prom, watch her daughter graduate, pick out her daughter's clothes,watch her daughter walk down the ilse, OR see who her daughter is going out with!!!

MOnica and Wes , seriously !! You both need to do your research and get your facts right.
1. It wasnt her pet.
2.Charla received a call to help her friend out. The monkey was throwing a tantrum. Charla went their out of her won good heart to see if she could do something about it.

You both start you post with " poor animal " ??? What is wrong with you, you feel more for the ape that you do for this brave lady!

I hate these Monkeys. Kill all of this ugly creatures!

This is just crazy and not necessary the chimp should have been in a place were it could not harm any one...Im a animals lover, they need to kill the chip.
Even the late MJ had to let his chimp go for this very reason. They grow up and become aggressive and hard to handle... And why would you want to have a animal in your home that was 7 times stronger then you and then try to control it.This is some Im rich I can have a wild animal in my home BS... Sue the chimp owner..... It wont give her hand and face back but it will send a message to want to be wild animal owners....

2 things that people need to get straight: Chimps are not domesticated animals, nor do they become domesticated simply by being owned by & living with a human being. There are criteria that need to be met to be considered domesticated, including selective breeding by humans. Second, a chimp is *not* a monkey.

My thoughts and prayers are with Charla and her family. She is clearly a very strong woman, as is her daughter. My heart also goes out to Travis, who was a victim his entire life. And to Sandra Herold, as much as I disagree with her views & feel that she is solely responsible for the death of Travis as well as the attack on her friend, I pray that she may find some peace in her life; she's clearly mentally and emotionally unbalanced.

I think it's very sad what happened to Charla and yes I do feel very sorry for her, but I can not believe that her family is suing the chimps owner for 50 million dollars. Charla knew that she was messing with an animal and we all know that animals act out sometimes. If an animal seems to be spooked as Travis was, it's common sense not to go try to put it in it's cage, right? She wasn't forced to do it and as she said she states in the interview that she was afraid of the chimp anyways so why in the world would you accept your friend's request to help a mad monkey? She could have said "um no sorry". So yeah, You can't blame it all on the monkey. All animals freak out sometimes, and this was just one of those really sad, unfortunate times. I'm a horseback rider and the last thing I would do if a horse is going mad is try to put it in it's stable. I'm not whatsoever blaming this sad accident on Charla, but it's for sure not the chimps owners fault.

Pilar,

I am in no way at all trying to say you're wrong as everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I just don't agree that the chimp's owner should be held responsible for Charla's accident. Why did Charla try to put Travis into his cage when she knew he was going mad? She has the right to say no to her friend's request doesn't she? Travis is an animal and all animals get spooked, it's just their nature. Yes, I feel very bad for Charla and her family but I don't agree with them blaming it on the chimp's owner. Charla was not forced to do anything, she did it out of her own will.

OKAY, I AM ON THE PETA STREET TEAM, NONE IS GETTING ANY-WARE HEAR. THE CHIMP, WAS NO WARE IN THE WRONG...THE CHIMP ONLY ACTED LIKE A CHIMP WOULD ACT IN THE WILD. MRS. NASH WAS NEITHER NO WHERE IN THE WRONG. SHE WAS ONLY COMING TO VISIT A FRIEND, SHE WAS CLUELESS THAT THE CHIMP WOULD ATTACK HER. IT IS NOT HER FAULT IT IS NOT THE CHIMPS FAULT. SO WHO'S FAULT IS IT. THE LADY THAT HAD HIM. THE CHIMP SHOULD NOT OF BEEN SHOT. THE CHIMP SHOULD OF BEEN CAPTURED AND RELEASED INTO THE WILD. THE OWNER SHOULD OF BEEN PUT INTO JAIL. MRS. NASH, THERE IS NOTHING MUCH SHE CAN DO, NOW IS THERE. THE ONLY THING SHE CAN DO IS MOVE ON.

God bless you Charla

I feel really bad and have lots of sympathy for her. I really dont care if she does get money or not bt the owner should be lockd up. I pray for this lady and im goin to keep her in my prayers. Thats why certain animals should not be allowed as house pets. This lady life will never be the same. SHAME ON THE OWNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I read somewhere that the chimp ate some Xanax prior to the attack?

I think this is one of the saddest stories I have read about in awhile. It is a shame. I think that everybody needs to stop focusing on playing the blame game and just agree that this is just sad. It doesn't matter who's fault it is now. You can't go back in time and fix so, so you need to move on as best as you can. I pray for all parties involved. I would not wish something this terrible to happen to anybody.


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