Charla Nash, woman attacked by chimpanzee receives a new face

Charla Nash, seen after her May 2011 transplant. (Photo: Associated Press)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The new face of a Connecticut woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee two years ago has been revealed for the first time in photos showing a startling transformation.

The pictures of Charla Nash were first shown on NBC's "Today" show and in Hearst Connecticut Newspapers on Thursday morning.

Nash had a face transplant in May at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She didn't appear on "Today" because family members said she was too weak to do an interview.

The 57-year-old Nash was attacked in Stamford in February 2009 by a friend's 200-pound chimpanzee, which ripped off her nose, lips, eyelids and hands.

The attack left her blind.

Nash says in a statement she's looking forward to doing things she once took for granted, including being able to smell, eat normally, speak clearly and kiss loved ones.