The chimp victim, Charla Nash has been in the news for months. The attack was well documented and reported. The “chimp victim” was followed as she fought for life. Chimp victim Charla Nash came on Oprah to reveal her face on “her terms.” As Oprah revealed she is concerned about scaring people and is also afraid that some cheap paper will make a few bucks using Charla Nash as the latest shock-of the-day. Of course Oprah made a pretty good drama out of it too.
If you want to see a before and after picture of Charla Nash you can find it via the link I’ve supplied.
It’s titled “Charla Nash Pictures After Attack: Chimp Attack Victim Attacked By Chimp Photos.”
As you would anticipate the picture is horrific.
However, does Charla Nash or should Charla Nash speak to us in any way?
Am I talking about not keeping chimps? Perhaps I’m saying all wild animals can’t be trusted. And while I do believe that no matter how many lion tamers’ heads go into any number of lions’ mouths, that isn’t what Charla Nash should be saying to us.
Charla Nash could have been any one of us doing something we felt was normal, a normal part of our life. Because of the high-tech nature of our lives, when we normally would have been killed we are kept alive. What is society’s reaction?
As I researched this very sad article I noticed comments made by readers.
I read a lot of resentment and anger. I didn’t read for example “Thank Goodness for modern medicine that allowed Charla to live.”
No, I read that we shouldn’t have to pay for this type of medical care. I read that because she is filing a law suit we shouldn’t have to pay for that either. I read that she was “trying to elicit sympathy” by showing her face.
My hunch is someone else is pushing for the money.
Charla has indicated that what is important to her is the “warmth of the sun” as she takes a daily walk at her home at Cleveland Clinic.
No amount of money will help her feel “herself” again. She has a 17-year-old daughter who misses her.
I remember when President Kennedy was killed. People who didn’t know each other held hands and put their arms around one another. He was a President yes but most of us thought of him as a father, husband, brother or son and how it would affect us and how it was affecting his little family.
Charla Nash was not the President but we know she was a mother and she could have been any one of us.
If you want to take a look at Charla’s face, take a look at her face. And then, do with the memory what she said she wanted you to do with the memory: “Never give up.”