On Feb. 16, 2009, Charla Nash, pictured here, went to the Stamford, Conn. home of her friend and employer Sandra Herold, who needed help getting her pet chimpanzee back into the house.
When Charla Nash was trying to lure the 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis, pictured here with its owner, Sandra Herold, it attacked her, permanently disfiguring her face and hands.
After more than six months of hospitalization, Charla Nash appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss the attack and her recovery. In this screen grab from the Nov. 11, 2009 episode of the show, Winfrey asks Nash to remove her veil. Warning: Following picture is graphic.
Charla Nash, seen here in a screen grab from a Nov. 11, 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, lost her sight and has to eat through a straw as a result of a Feb. 16 chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Conn.
Travis the chimp attacked police cars during the Feb. 16, 2009 rampage in Stamford, Conn. Police shot and killed the 200-lb animal after it ripped off Charla Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids.
Charla Nash used this toy to lure Travis the chimpanzee back into its enclosure on Sandra Herold's Stamford, Conn. property on Feb. 16, 2009. She was violently mauled by the chimp that day.
Charla Nash, seen here in this handout photo with Travis the chimp, told Oprah Winfrey in a Nov. 11, 2009 interview that before she was violently attacked by the animal, she had warned its owner to get rid of it. "I always told [Sandra Herold] ... 'He's going to hurt somebody,'" Nash told Winfrey.
The Nash family has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Sandra Herold, saying she was negligent and reckless for lacking the ability to control "a wild animal with violent propensities." Charla Nash appears in this family photo, taken before she was gravely injured by Herold's 200-pound chimpanzee on Feb. 16, 2009.
Sandra Herold's attorney, Robert Golger, provided The Associated Press with a statement, saying Herold wishes Charla Nash the best. "All of Sandy's hopes and prayers are with Charla and her daughter in this challenging time," the statement read. Herold's lawyers have said Nash's injuries were work-related and should be treated as a standard worker's compensation claim.
Charla Nash's family started a Web site where donations can be made for Nash's treatment. This letter of condolence is one of the many posted on the site, FriendsofCharlaNash.com.
Charla Nash, seen here in an undated family photo, says she feels no pain even though her face has been gravely disfigured and she has lost her sight.
Charla Nash told Oprah Winfrey on Nov. 11, 2009 that she doesn't touch her face often. "I know that I have my forehead," Nash said. "It feels like just patches of tape or gauze or covering, covering my face." Nash is seen riding in a rodeo in this undated family photo.
"I'd like to put across to people's minds that these exotic animals are very dangerous and they shouldn't be around," Charla Nash said on Winfrey's show. "There's a place for them that is not in residential areas." Nash appears in this handout photo with Travis the chimpanzee, the same animal that later mauled her in a Feb. 16, 2009 attack.
Sandra Herold owned 14-year-old Travis the chimpanzee nearly all its life. A much younger Travis is shown here in an undated photo obtained by CBS affiliate WFSB.
Travis appeared in several TV commercials as well as a television pilot. He appears in this undated photo with Les Steinberg, who worked on an Old Navy commercial with Travis.
Charla Nash, who occasionally fed Travis oatmeal in his cage, said she told Sandra Herold, pictured here with Travis, that the chimpanzee did not have enough room to run around and she should give it up. "Sandy would say, 'I know, but it's hard,'" Nash told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
When Charla Nash was trying to lure the 200-pound chimpanzee Travis, pictured here with owner Sandra Herold, he attacked her, permanently disfiguring her face and hands.
"I was just kind of in shock. I had no idea what to say. I wasn't really sure if it was OK or not to touch her or anything. Was in shock. Didn't know what to say," Briana Nash told CBS News correspondent Priya David of her mother, Charla Nash's, recovery in a May 15, 2009 interview.
Charla Nash's twin brother, Michael Nash, spoke with CBS News correspondent Priya David on May 15, 2009. "Charlie is very independent, and self-reliant and she won't have that ever," he said.
Despite Charla Nash's condition, she told Oprah Winfrey in a Nov. 11, 2009 interview, "I'm the same person I've always been. I just look different." Nash was mauled by a chimpanzee belonging to her friend Sandra Herold, seen here in an interview with Fox station WNYW.