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Andrew Oberle

Andrew Oberle, a chimp attack survivor who helped create a holistic trauma program at Saint Louis University, shared his story at a live taping of The Story Collider in October 2017.
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In June 2012, Andrew Oberle, an aspiring primate researcher, was brutally attacked by two chimpanzees at a zoo in South Africa. The animals tore his flesh from head to toe and he nearly died.

But after 26 surgeries and extensive therapies at Saint Louis University Hospital, Oberle recovered. His ability to overcome his traumatic experiences led him to want to help others in who've experienced extreme physical injuries. Today, Oberle serves as the director of development for the Oberle Institute, a trauma care program at Saint Louis University that is supported by foudations. He helps raise funds for the institute and also serves as a patient advocate. 

Andrew Oberle before he was attacked in the summer of 2012.
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A St. Louis man, who was attacked by chimpanzees at a South African refuge, is now recovering at a St. Louis hospital.

Andrew Oberle, Jr., was pulled under a fence and mauled by chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Eden Sanctuary in June. He suffered serious injuries to his head, arms and legs. St. Louis University Hospital chief of plastic surgery Dr. Bruce Kraemer told reporters Thursday that Oberle has a good attitude and is healing well.

Andrew Oberle before he was attacked in the summer of 2012.
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The St. Louis man 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 next week. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller says Dr. Bruce Kraemer, chief of plastic surgery, will oversee his care.

Andrew Oberle before he was attacked in the summer of 2012.
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The mother of a 26-year-old researcher mauled by chimpanzees in South Africa says her son has been passionate about chimps for years and knew the risks involved in studying primates.

Andrew Oberle, a graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was in critical condition Friday after undergoing surgery near Johannesburg. Officials say Oberle was giving a lecture Thursday at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden when two chimpanzees pulled him under a fence. Officials say Oberle had several severe bite wounds.