Chimp attack victim gets face transplant in Boston

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Nash’s family is suing the estate of the chimp’s owner, Sandra Herold, for $50 million and wants to sue the state for $150 million, saying state officials failed to prevent the attack. Herold, who had a tow truck business, died last year of an aneurysm.

About a dozen face transplants have been done worldwide, in the U.S., France, Spain and China.

There have been two other full-face transplants performed in the U.S., both at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dallas Wiens became the nation’s first full-face transplant patient there in March.

The 25-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, man received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person in an operation paid for by the U.S. military, which wants to use what is learned to help soldiers with severe facial wounds.

Wiens’ features were all but burned away and he was left blind after hitting a power line while painting a church in November 2008.

Mitch Hunter, a 30-year-old Indiana man, received the surgery in April.

Hunter’s face was severely disfigured and burned during a car accident that toppled high-voltage electrical wires. He also lost his left leg below the knee and two fingers.

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Marchione, an AP medical writer, reported from Milwaukee.

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