Charla Nash lived through an unimaginably awful thing when her face was torn off in an animal attack. She was blinded, lost her hands, and had to undergo a face transplant just in order to look somewhat normal again after her eyelids, lips, and nose were torn off in an attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee.
The chimp had a successful career in commercials and movies and was the constant companion of owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash's brother filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million in damages from the chimp attack, and just yesterday, in a settlement, she received $4 million. Considering all she has been through and the fact that three years later, she is STILL in rehab, that amount seems paltry.
Can you even imagine?
The amazing thing is that Nash's grueling rehabilitation and medical procedures never really got her down. She has always been grateful to be alive and vocal about that as well. Her spirit in the face of such difficulty is truly inspiring.
Obviously, the story is a lesson for us all to appreciate what we have. If someone can go through all this and STILL appreciate life, well then, we are pretty lucky to be alive, no? But even more, it's a lesson in the difference between a pet and a friend. Countless stories have now come out about the way Travis the chimp was treated prior to his death at the hands of police officers.
He wasn't a "pet." He was a member of Sandra Herold's family and Nash was Herold's assistant who served both Herold and Travis.
But Travis was a wild animal who was capable of great harm. Clearly. Wild animals shouldn't sleep in bed with their "owners." They shouldn't be free to roam. When Travis escaped his cage and ran crazily through the town of Stamford years before he ripped off Nash's face, it should have been a sign that he needed to be cared for by trained professionals. This tragedy could have been avoided.
The $4 million should allow Nash a more comfortable life. But she deserved far more for what she went through.
Do you think $4 million is enough?