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Charla Nash, Woman Attacked By Chimpanzee, Reveals Her Isolation And Daily Struggle To Live

30/01/2014 11:13 GMT | Updated 30/01/2014 11:59 GMT

The woman whose face and hands were ripped off in a horrific chimpanzee attack, has revealed she is struggling to live her life four years on.

In an emotional interview, Charla Nash said it's "very hard to live" and that she is scared about her future.

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The 60-year-old revealed that she has no independence at her Massachusetts nursing home, where none of her fellow residents come near her and leave her feeling isolated.

"Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot I can do," she told the Boston Herald.

"I've lost so much independence... I could change my own truck tire, and now I can’t even feed myself."

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Nash was left fighting for her life in February 2009 after a friend’s pet chimp attacked her and left her with nightmarish injuries.

In 2011, she underwent a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital - the hospital's third - and was fitted with glass eyes. A hand transplant was unsuccessful.

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"It’s very hard to live. Not even live - half-live," Nash said. "Sometimes you want to cry, you want out, you want some kind of home. I don't know what my future is, that's the scary part."

She hopes that one day she will be able to live at home instead of a facility. In the nursing home, she says that the staff and residents keep their distance.

But added she was determined to get better regardless. “I've never been a quitter,” she said.