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US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack
US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely. The U.S. military paid for Nash's full face transplant in 2011, as well as face transplants for a small group of other civilians. The agency is also underwriting Nash's follow-up treatment at a combined cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war. In the coming weeks, for example, Nash will take part in a military-funded experiment in which doctors at Boston's...

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