A Connecticut woman who was mauled and left permanently disfigured after a chimp attack is now trying to sue the state for $150 million. Charla Nash was attacked by the chimpanzee belonging to her friend, Sandra Herold, who kept the chimp named Coco as a pet in her home. The nearly fatal attack left Nash’s hands ripped apart and the animal also tore through her nose, lips and eyelids, which ultimately required a face transplant and numerous surgeries.
Police eventually shot and killed the animal on site, but Nash now requires round-the-clock care at a private medical facility in Boston. She was left blind and is now unable to care for herself. Although she settled with Herold for $4 million, her spokesperson said the money isn’t nearly enough to cover her expenses for the rest of her life. “It’s a different world to not be able to see again or to use your hands and just do things for yourself,” said Nash. “That you have to depend on other people for help now is very hard.”
However, any lawsuits against the state must be approved by lawmakers. Nash filed a similar request that was rejected last June, with lawmakers ruling that the state was not responsible for protecting someone from an animal on private property owned by a privatw owner.
“While we have the utmost sympathy for Charla Nash, we do not believe that the state is liable for Ms. Nash’s injuries,” read a statement from the spokesperson for State Attorney General George Jepsen. “To decide otherwise would set a very dangerous precedent, exposing the state and its taxpayers to unlimited liability and costly litigation.”
(Photo: Charla Nash/AP)