Chimp Attack Victim Reveals New Face

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM EDT

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Chimp Attack Victim Reveals New Face

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 5:11 PM EDT

Two and a half years after being mauled by a friend's pet chimpanzee, Charla Nash revealed her new face.

The chimp ripped off Nash's face and hands. Doctors say it's a miracle she survived at all.

In may, surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston performed a groundbreaking face transplant.

Her family is excited, has new hope and they're thankful to the family that donated for the transplant.

"It's just good to see the rapid progress and a happiness that wasn't there," said daughter Brianna Nash. "A new hope has been sparked. It's just so nice to see her ready to get at it again."

"Her optimism is back again and we are quite ecstatic," said brother Steve Nash.

"What they have done for us is so amazing I am so thankful it has given my mom the hope to move forward and a chance at a life again," continued Brianna.

Nash will be in intensive therapy. She's eating solid food for the first time since the attack and can move her mouth and smile.