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Chimp Attack Victim Reveals Her New Face

MSNBC.COM - After two years of living behind a veil, Charla Nash revealed on TODAY the new face that science has given her, a visage that replaces the one mangled in a vicious attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee that left her without a nose, eyes or lips.

That Charla survived the attack at all is amazing in itself. But the new face that Charla has shown the world seems nothing short of miraculous. Once again she has a nose and lips. Once again she may be able to do the simple things we all take for granted: to literally smell the roses, to taste her food, and to breathe through her own nose. Her first meal after the surgery: Eggs and cream cheese.

"I'm beginning to feel my jaw and chin," Charla told TODAY. "And I can move my mouth and smile. I still feel weak. But little by little I'm getting stronger."

Her daughter, Brianna, is thrilled by Charla's progress. "It's just good to see such rapid progress and the happiness that wasn't there before," she told TODAY's Ann Curry. "A new hope has sparked. It's so nice to see her at it again."

Seeing emotions play across Charla's new face has been amazing, Briana told Curry. "Just for her to make an expression – something we had to take from her words before," Brianna said. "It's nice that her body language can say what she feels."

As for Charla, she's working hard at getting back some of what she once had.

"I think she is impatient for recovery," Brianna told TODAY. "Her speech is getting much better and she's been getting up and starting to eat."

When Charla told doctors at a recent follow-up visit that she'd regained her sense of smell, an amazed Brianna could only utter one word: "Wow."

Back in May, in a grueling 20-hour surgery, doctors gave Charla her new face. The 30-member surgical team, under the leadership of Dr. Bohdan Pomanhac at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, performed a groundbreaking full face and double hand transplant. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND TO WATCH THE VIDEO REPORT

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