Quadruple amputee plans make history with bilateral arm transplant

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September 12, 2012, 4:46 pm
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(NECN: Deanna Morgan, Boston) - Doctors are about to make history again at Brigham and Women's hospital.

They announced Wednesday they'll be performing their first bilateral arm transplant.
If you knew Katy Hayes' two years ago, you'd be shocked to see her now.

“I never thought about how much a gift your hands are and your legs and feet.”

Just after having her third baby, Hayes developed a life-threatening infection.

“Scary and horrible.  I can't do anything for myself.”

Meet Hayes now. She's a quadruple amputee: she has no arms and no legs. Her life changed dramatically, very quickly.

“Most of the doctors looked at me and said I was gonna die.”

Doctors rushed to amputate her arms above the elbows, her legs above the knees, her large intestines and uterus in order to keep her alive.

“They had to look into amputations because my hands and feet were turning purple, black, and there was no hope for them.”

But, there was hope for her.

“And I wanna be that person that says 'you can do it.'”

Wednesday afternoon, doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Hayes has been approved for the hospital's first bilateral arm transplant patient.

“Transplanting two arms above the elbow, simultaneously.”

Forty doctors will connect multiple tissue, tendons, muscles and bones: two new arms to Hayes’ body.

It's an experimental reconstructive procedure, but, Hayes has already beat the odds. Now, she'll make history.

Tags: Boston, brigham and women's hospital, Deanna Morgan, bilateral arm transplant, quadruple amputee
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