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LISA LISA
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Did you guys hear about this?

http://www.zimbio.com/Travis+the+Chimp/articles/6/Travis+The+Chimp+Attacks+VIDEO

The 911 call is horrific. Can you imagine what the 911 dispatcher was thinking when he was talking to her. The story is horrible. He's a wild animal, wether they had him for 14 years or not...this is so sad.

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I saw that on Inside Edition this morning... they're saying they might have to try a face transplant on the poor woman.
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How do you do a face transplant?

I couldn't believe she was alive. That had to be so horrible to witness happening, not to mention how horribly scary and horrific that was for the poor woman.

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The first U.S. face transplant was done December 2008. A team of doctors did it in around 23 hours. Can you imagine waking up almost a day later or longer with a new face?


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/health/s18face.html?partner=rss

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Thank goodness the police had guns to put the chimp down
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That is horrible... [Frown]
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I know this story all too well. Terrible and frightening. She is still in critical condition.
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My friend told me that the lady that was attacked had got a new hair cut, and all she did was walk in the door, and something set him off. It is sad. He was a wild animal. He looked a little scary in the pictures. He weighed 200 lbs. The owner stabbed with a knife, she thought he was going to kill her. There are animals that aren't meant to be pets. My mom had a spider monkey when she was a kid, and it was mean, and they had to give it away.
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It was stabbed some 14 times and it didn't even phase him. It was also given a drug by the owner, I believe it was Xanex(sp?), before it went crazy. That might be what set him off too. All speculation.
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I saw a different 911 film footage-and then call went on alot longer than what I heard before...
What kind of place was that, that the police were out, it looked like a huge giant building, that was under construction...and it had other trailors around it, and a it looked a mess...what kind of situation was that? That whole thing seems like a nightmare just waiting to happen, and then it did.

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I just read that the lady who owned the chimp- that her husband and daughter died in a tragic accident. I had read the daughter died in a car wreck, but I wasn't sure if the father was with her. The owner fed the chimp steak and lobster and let it drink out of a goblet- and gave it wine..it was given Xanax, and they think it might have had Lyme Disease. They show pictures of it holding a baby. Who in their right mind would hand their baby over to a monkey to play with? That all is so crazy. They are wild animals.
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I heard that the victim had been waving an Elmo doll in front of her face, and that set the chimp off.

The poor lady has apparantly lost her eyes, nose and jaw.

Would you really want to survive that? I'm not sure if I would.

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Wow....I think you'd want to survive anything...because Dead is Dead, and you don't come back from being Dead, so you get 1 life. If they can reconstruct her face, at least she's alive.

I know it would be awful, because I have this horrendous fear of aging and not looking like myself any more, but really it happens to everyone, and you are who you are right now in this moment, because your face is actually always changing any way with age.

I hope she's not in horrible pain though.

I could not get this story out of my mind, and was having nightmares about it last night.

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I'd wanna survive it I don't see why anyone wouldn't. As painful as it may be (and I truly feel for her) you can come back from pain you can't come back from death. Plus with all the advances in modern medicine and reconstructive surgeries, she'll be able to lead a normal life eventually. Although it will probably be awhile regardless she's got to be thankful for being alive....
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Discovery channel last night had a show on killer chimps, in Africa they can be incredibly dangerous. They have been known to snatch babies out of women's arms, then kill and eat them.

It's just something I've never thought of when it comes to chimps, but it does make you remember that they are wild animals - not domesticated like cats and dogs.

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they were talking about this on a radio station here yesterday and they said this chimp was in movies and on the maury povich show a while back too this lady that owned it also took baths with the chimp now that's just wrong!!! eeewwww!! sorry but i will stick with my normal pets dogs, turtles, fish lol [Roll Eyes]
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Did you guys see that The Kardashians just got a chimp for a pet? I guess they missed the 9-11 calls of this incident.
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i guess not isis not too bright are they lol?? duh!! [Roll Eyes] [Wink] [Big Grin]
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This was in the local newspaper today:


A Stamford woman nearly killed by a chimpanzee is speaking, asking for her daughter and even responding to fairly complicated commands, her brothers said Tuesday.

Stephen and Michael Nash told The Associated Press by telephone on Tuesday that they are encouraged by test results for brain damage to their sister Charla.

About two weeks ago, Nash said her first word, "Lisa" -- the name of her nurse at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic. The nurse rushed out to the hallway to tell Stephen Nash.

"We gave each other a hug. It makes you cry," he said.

Nash knows that she is in Cleveland, but doctors doubt she will ever recall the attack, her brothers said. Stephen Nash said he told his sister she was injured in an accident.

Nash also doesn't know the extent of her injuries. But Michael Nash said that with her level of sedation reduced, she will probably start asking questions soon about why she is in the hospital -- and a trauma expert is there to help her.

She lost her hands, nose, lips and eyelids in the Feb. 16 attack in Stamford, the clinic said more than three weeks ago. Hospital officials said then that she might be blind and brain damaged and that her potential for recovery, if any, was unclear.

But these days, Nash can sit in a chair, listens to country music, and tells her nurses if she is cold, tired or wants to be left alone. She moves her arms and head to help nurses when they change her bandages and may soon be moved out of an isolation room, according to her brothers.

"I'm a lot more optimistic now," Stephen Nash said. "Everything she does is going in the right direction."

Hospital officials would say Tuesday only that Nash was in critical but stable condition -- an improvement from only critical condition.

The chimp's owner had asked Nash, her friend and employee, to come to her home the day of the attack to help lure the animal, named Travis, back into her house.

The owner, Sandra Herold of Stmaford, has speculated that the chimp was trying to protect her and attacked Nash because she had changed her hairstyle, was driving a different car and was holding a stuffed toy in front of her face to get Travis' attention.

The 200-pound chimp, which once starred in television commercials, later was shot and killed by police. They are still deciding whether Herold will face criminal charges.

Nash's family has sued Herold, seeking $50 million in damages, saying she was negligent and reckless. Herold's attorney, Joe Gerardi, has declined to comment.

Nash, aided by an artificial voice box, has asked for her 17-year-old daughter, Brianna, the brothers said.

"I started smiling from ear to ear," Michael Nash said.

Nash, who is 55 and grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., has responded to simple commands such as wiggling her toes, the brothers said. A doctor asked her to step on the gas and she pushed her right foot down -- showing an understanding of how a car works.

That response has her brothers hopeful about the extent of any brain damage, though they acknowledged brain injuries are difficult to predict.

"They don't think it's anything severe," Michael Nash said. "It doesn't mean she won't have a personality change or headaches off and on the rest of her life."

Nash told doctors she can see light, her brothers said. They are holding out hope that she might eventually regain sight in one eye.

The Cleveland Clinic was the first center in the nation to perform a face transplant, but whether Nash would undergo such an operation is unknown, her brothers said.

Her progress has left her family thinking that one day the independent woman who once rode the rodeo circuit could live on her own again.

"I think it's going to be a long, hard recovery, but she is a strong person," Michael Nash said. "I think she'll never be 100 percent. She will adapt and work hard to be independent. Steve and I will both make it possible when she's ready to do that."

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That's good news.
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Wow...that is just horrible. How did she loose her hands...

I hope she can't remember any of that...it would be awful to relive that over and over. I hope she regains her sight, that is just terrible.

I think the owner, is absolutely negligent, I mean she doesn't have a scratch on her, and she's the one that gave the chimp alcohol and drugs and that is total negligence.

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