Woman Who Lost Hands And Part Of Face In Chimp Mauling Responsive

Two brothers of a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee say she can talk and respond to commands.

Stephen and Michael Nash told The Associated Press by telephone on Tuesday that they are encouraged by test results for brain damage to their sister Charla.

They say a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio asked her to step on the gas and she pushed her right foot down. That shows an understanding of how a car works.

They say she sits in a chair, listens to country music and tells nurses whether she is cold, tired or wants to be alone.

She lost her hands and much of her face in the February attack in Stamford. Hospital officials have said she may be blind and brain damaged.

Her potential for recovery has been unclear.


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