Charla Nash insists she's always been a survivor - and she needed all her bravery when she was left with horrifying injuries after being attacked by her friend's chimpanzee. Travis was adopted by Sandra and Jerome Herold when he was just thee days old after his mother was shot dead as she tried to escape the Missouri Chimpanzee Sanctuary in the US. Coming home with his adoptive parents, Travis, who was named after Sandra's favourite singer, Travis Tritt, soon became part of the family. He was always with the devoted couple, often travelling to work with them and whenever they went shopping. Travis was happy to pose in snaps at the Herold's trucking company and was well-known by everyone who knew the family. The chimp was a recognisible figure in Jerome's tow truck, riding alongside his owner while wearing a baseball shirt and always making sure he had his seatbelt on.
Hopes to Be Independent
Travis the chimp was a local celebrity, who ate in restaurants and used the toilet. But one day, the lb ape snapped, launching a savage, minute attack on his owner's friend. The horror was captured in a call.
Harrowing 911 Call of Chimp Attack
Nash was backing off her anti-rejection drugs as part of a military-funded study designed to determine whether patients who receive arm, hand, leg or face transplants can safely taper off the medications, which come with serious side effects, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The mauling also left Nash permanently blind from an infection spread by the chimp. Vieira interviewed Nash several months after the attack. Already Nash was showing the resilience that has carried her through it all.
Charla Nash, who was mauled in , returns to hospital where doctors hope ending experiment to wean her off anti-rejection drugs will reverse process. A Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting the transplant. Anti-rejection drugs can have serious side effects. The US military funded the experiment in the hopes the alternative treatment could help those needing transplants after returning from war. The men and women serving our country are the true heroes.