Chimp Victim Stable After Extensive Surgery

Charla Nash, 55, is making slight progress after more than seven hours of surgery by four teams of surgeons, doctors said Wednesday.

She was mauled in Stamford this week by a 200-pound chimpanzee.

Dr. Kevin Miller of Stamford Hospital says Nash suffered extensive facial, including damage to her nose, jaw and eyes, along with hand injuries when she was attacked Monday. He says stabilizing her condition took more than seven hours of surgery.

Nash was attended by hand specialists, plastic surgeons and specialists in orthopedics, ophthalmology and trauma.

Miller says it's good that Nash has made some progress, but she has a long way to go.

Nash was attacked by a 14-year-old domesticated chimpanzee owned by her friend, Sandra Herold of Stamford. Police shot and killed the chimp.

Mike Nash, Charla Nash's brother, released a statement from their family.

"On behalf of our family, we would first like to express our sincerest gratitude to the professionals here at Stamford Hospital," the statement said.

"The lead physician, Dr. Miller, and a team of doctors and staff battled around the clock to stabilize Charla and begin to treat her serious injuries. We could not have asked for a more dedicated, talented or caring group of health care professionals and we have received throughout this ordeal. From the law enforcement, from local churches, especially from the public at large, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and uplifting and has been a source of strength for us during these difficult past 48 hrs."

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