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Texas Student Attacked By Chimp Coming Home To U.S.

ST. LOUIS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The University of Texas at San Antonio student mauled in a chimpanzee attack in South Africa is returning home for treatment.

Andrew Oberle is expected to be transferred from a hospital in South Africa to Saint Louis University Hospital in Missouri next week. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller says Dr. Bruce Kraemer, chief of plastic surgery, will oversee his care.

Oberle, 26, is expected to have extensive reconstructive facial surgery. Relatives have said the post-graduate student of anthropology and primate behavior lost both ears, his left arm and toes in the attack. He has been in a drug-induced coma while hospitalized in South Africa.

Oberle was leading a tour on June 28 when he was pulled under a security fence by two chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden SA in eastern South Africa.

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