Woman who lost limbs to flesh eating bacteria will receive world’s first above elbow arm transplant - VIDEO
Determined wife who lost her large intestine, uterus, and all of her limbs to infection wants to wear her wedding ring again
Katy Hayes, an Irish American from Texas who lost all four limbs to flesh-eating bacteria, is set to undergo a double arm transplant at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. This is the first time an above-the-elbow transplant has been attempted.
Speaking at a press conference in Boston, Hayes (44), from Kingwood, Texas, said “I have the determination to make these arms my own.
“I want my life back. I want to hold my children. I want to hug my husband.”
The former massage therapist is also looking forward to wearing her wedding ring again.
In February 2010, having given birth to her third child, Hayes contracted a life-threatening Group A Streptococcal infection. She lost her large intestine, uterus, and all of her limbs.
This double arm transplant could give Hayes the ability to flex and extend her elbows to lift herself in and out of her wheelchair.
Hayes’ brother-in-law Tom Phelps told the Boston Herald, “She knew from day one she wanted arm transplants, not just prosthetics.
“I’m just shocked and amazed that science has come this far.
“Katy is just a wonderful and fabulous person, and the tragedy of her getting the strep and how it ravaged her body was just a nightmare, but she’s so strong, she just pulled through.
“I’ll never forget when she woke up from the coma…She was like, ‘OK, let’s get to work,’ and we were all saying, ‘No, you need some down time.’”
Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at the Brigham, told Reuters the level of function she will acquire is uncertain.
Currently Hayes is undergoing psychological and physical screening to determine her eligibility for the surgery.
The first double arm transplant of this kind was performed in Germany in 2008 on a farmer who lost his limbs in a farming accident. In recent years Brigham and Women's has performed two double hand transplants.
The Boston hospital is working on finding a donor and as yet the operation has not been scheduled.
Here’s the Boston Herald’s video on Hayes’ story:
Here’s a clip from “The Doctors” TV show explaining the hand transplant operation:
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay...
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- A Magdalene Laundry US adoptee who holds...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Families as well as Catholic Church and governm
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an...
jetsnoone!! justice and freedom for all. As I said before most people are not Christian and you wish to change their tenets by another crusade. You'reBaby dies in horror birth at Belfast hospital as father calls for inquest
As a nurse, I'm agreeing w/padraiginrua. There is more to this story than is being told. Head do not come away from bodies unless there are extraordinGay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay bigots
It's just that pesky Constitution(that the obama and his acolytes want to change) that stands in the way. You know, that Freedom of Religion thing thaSarah Palin is saving Christmas
Why has The Daily Show not recruited you, Cahir? You'd be brilliant!