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Texas Mother To Get First Double Arm Transplant

Posted 9/13/2012 6:00 am by

Katy Hayes just wants to hold her young daughter.

Organ transplants have come a long way in the United States since Baby Fae received a baboon heart transplant.  They can transplant body parts that they never thought they could before, like whole human faces.  That’s an amazing feat, and it has to give hope to a lot of people with physical deformities.  One such hopeful woman is Katy Hayes from Kingwood, Texas.  The 42-year-old mother of three lost both her arms and legs to a strep infection four days after the birth of her third child.  However, not all hope is lost.  Katy Hayes will be receiving the first double arm transplant in United States history.

“I want to hug my children and hug my husband, cook food, and wipe my own bottom; things you guys take for granted,” said Katy during a press conference at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  “I have the determination to make these arms my own.”

This would be the first double arm transplant in the United States.  Doctors plan on using steel plates to attach the bones together, then go about the process of attaching muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and the like.  The physician doing the transplanting, Dr. Simon Talbott, is working with the New England Organ Bank to find a proper arm match for Katy.  Doctors say she will need at least 6 months of rehabilitation and that she may never regain the use of her arms, but Katy says she has to try and is determined to make her donated arms work.

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