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Charla Nash, "Just call me Charlie" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shelly Sindland   
Thursday, July 02 2015


CHARLA NASH HOLDS A PICTURE OF HERSELF BEFORE BEING BRUTALLY ATTACKED BY A CHIMPANZEE

I was lucky to see Charla Nash yesterday. A local TV crew was doing a story on her so; I drove up to Boston for the day.

It really is amazing to see how much Charla resembles what she looked like before being brutally attacked by her boss’s 200-pound chimpanzee six years ago in Stamford, Connecticut. For those of you not familiar with the story, Charla lost her face, mouth, eyelids and both hands (except for a thumb) in the attack. In 2011, she underwent a full-face transplant. Her doctors say her face transplant is one of most successful in the world because it resembles what she used to look like before the horrific tragedy. A lot of people don’t realize that Charla is blind as well. She survived the attack with her eyes but doctors had to surgically remove them later because of an infection Travis passed on after biting her eyelids. She uses prosthetic eyes, which were dyed to match her natural eye color.

Anyhow, Charla is doing great. She’s 61 years-old and getting stronger everyday. She works out 3 times a week and walks everyday. She sends everyone her best and is so thankful for all the help, cards and nice notes she is getting from complete strangers. She told me that it makes her realize there is a lot good in the world.

FYI, she likes to be called Charlie. That was her name during her days as a cowgirl when she was horse barrel racer in New York State.

She is one tough woman, that Charlie.

I call her Charlie because it fits.

If you would like to know more about how you can help Charla click here to her GoFundMe account.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, July 02 2015
 

 


 


 

Shelly Sindland is a former award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience under her belt. Shelly has immeasurable knowledge of the media industry and knows how to get you covered. As a former political reporter for FOX CT,  Shelly specializes in public relations and media relation issues tied to proposed legislation and or political issues. Recently, her media campaign against a proposed tax on home heating oil created such a public outcry and media saturation that the proposed bill was killed in just two days. Her clients include: Charla Nash, (the Stamford woman mauled by her boss's chimpanzee), CEMA,The Propane Gas Association of New England, the lobbying firm of former House Speaker Jim Amann, Attorney Kevin C. Ferry, Attorney Paul Levin, Attorney Jose Rojas, Manchester ROCS and other non-profit agencies including Death With Dignity.  From media marketing to photography, press releases, video production, social media execution and management, media training, crisis communications, and marketing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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