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Chimp Attack Victim Charla Nash's $4 Million Settlement Is Not Nearly Enough (VIDEO)

by Sasha Brown-Worsham on November 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Charla NashCharla 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.

See below:

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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?


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  • IKnow...


    November 30, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I'm going to be honest 4 million doesn't seem like a lot especially if you consider taxes, past, current, and future medical bills, etc.  But I have been praying for her since the beginning.

  • tuffy...


    November 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM
    No amount of money could compensate her, IMO. I typically think too many people sue and too many are given money they don't deserve, but in this case, I agree that $4 million is paltry. It's insulting, frankly.
  • lulou


    November 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    One article says she sued the state.  WTF.   I can understand sueing the estate of Herold, she was the assistant, that was her workplace (granted not the smartest choice if you are not trained in caring for wild animals)  Think even in that case 4mil is fine, but nothing from the state.

  • annis...


    December 1, 2012 at 1:38 AM
    It's not even 10%. Slap in the face. I bet her medical bills have topped one million, and she's not done : / it's sick to keep wild animals as pets. It's generally not a good idea to keep anything that has no self control and can overpower you easily around
  • AG1987


    December 1, 2012 at 8:28 AM
    I think that she should be guaranteed to have her medical bills, therapy, costs of living, etc, paid until she dies. However, I don't think she should just be given a lump sum of money to do as she pleases with, because a lot of people don't know how to manage that much money.
  • divam...


    December 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM
    i do not think ppl should have animals like that anyway
  • Carol...
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    Carol Swanson Cox-Engelstad

    April 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM
    $4 million? For real? No amount of money can take the place of one's sight, hands and face. Shame on the courts for thinking that money can fix this horrible situation. God Bless Charla!
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