Publisher Description

“Through Charla I have learned that the will to survive is a powerful force and that human courage knows no bounds.” —NBC’s Meredith Vieira


Viciously attacked by a chimpanzee in 2009, Charla Nash was left so severely disfigured that she no longer had eyes to see the world, hands to feel it or even a face to show it.  By her own doctors’ accounts, she never should have survived her injuries.


Charla’s story is one of incredible strength, fierce determination and cutting-edge medicine.  NBC News and Meredith Vieira have been covering the story since the life-altering attack, documenting Charla’s unfaltering spirit and the remarkable surgeries that not only kept her alive, but gave her a new face and, ultimately, restored her very humanity.  

Featuring candid and exclusive interviews with Charla, her family, her doctors and the chimpanzee’s owner, The Woman Who Lost Her Face is an intimate look at Charla’s life before and after the attack.  This in-depth account takes you inside the operating rooms and hospitals where medical history was made and includes new details about the chimpanzee who mauled Charla to the brink of death and the woman who raised the animal as her son.  The Woman Who Lost Her Face also features never-before-seen images of Charla and insight from the NBC News producers and reporters who covered the story.

Biographies & Memoirs
15 March
NBC Publishing
NBC Publishing

Customer Reviews

CuddyCudmore ,

A good, quick read.

More like a magazine feature article than a book. Incredible true story. Amazing ordeal.

*Kooba* ,

The woman who lost her face

It's a compelling read, very hard to put down. If there ever was a reason to read this, would be to show the absolute courage and strength mixed with grit and determination a human can do extraordinary things when facing such a life/death situation. It puts all your own petty problems into perspective and gives you comfort that if you want to live, you can! If you need to overcome the impossible, you can. A truly courageous read.!

Jojo_29 ,

Must read

This is one of the most inspiring, thought provoking and confronting 100pages I have read.

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