Story highlights A friend's pet chimp mauled Charla Nash in The state should've removed the chimp years ago, her attorney says There are no grounds for suing Connecticut, officials say Travis the chimp had appeared in TV commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy. The state had the authority to remove the chimp from its owner years ago, but neglected to, an attorney for Charla Nash argued. The attack left Nash without a nose, eyelids, lips or hands, said attorney Matthew Newman. The attack occurred in in Stamford, Connecticut, as Nash tried to help a friend coax her year-old pet chimp back into the house. Travis the chimp, which had appeared in television commercials for Coca-Cola and Old Navy, jumped on Nash and began biting and mauling her. Police later fatally shot Travis to stop the attack.
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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. The hands failed to thrive, but the face transplant was a success. She has an aide to help her Monday through Friday, but manages on her own on the weekends — which is very important to her. And as far as help—I have just what I need.
The state is immune to lawsuits unless they're allowed by state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. Charla Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled in Stamford in Her lawyer said the state should be held responsible for not seizing the animal before the attack, because it was warned the animal was dangerous.
Her first reaction was disbelief. I repeated the news and she was speechless for a few moments. Herold, who was 72, died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm late Monday, according to a statement released by her lawyer Robert Golger. She was the owner of Travis the chimp, who went on a violent rampage in February , ripping the face and hands off Nash. Herold had suffered a series of heartbreaking losses over the last several years, beginning with the death of her only child, then her husband, then her beloved chimp Travis, as well as the tragic maiming of friend and employee Charla Nash," wrote Golger.