Texas Woman To Undergo Double Arm Transplant
A Texas woman is set to become the first person in the United States to undergo a double arm transplant. The woman, Katy Hayes, had both of her arms amputated after developing a flesh-eating bacteria shortly after giving birth in 2010. Katy, alongside her doctors, held a press conference earlier this week to announce the milestone surgery.
Hays gave birth to her third child in 2010, and four days later, she an infection of Streptococcal A and slipped into a coma. In order to prevent the infection from spreading further, doctors had to amputate her arms and legs.
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"Both the doctors looked at me and said that I was going to die and that we should prepare the family for my demise," Hayes said at the press conference.
However, Hays beat the odds and survived, and will now undergo the first double arm transplant in U.S. history.
For the procedure, doctors will attach donated arms Katy, first using metal plates and screws. From there, they will connect the nerves, tendons and arteries. An animation of the surgery can be seen here. Hays will need at least six months of rehabilitation and physical therapy after the surgery and may never fully regain feeling and motion in her hands. However, Hays said there is a lot she wants to do.
"I want to hug my children and hug my husband, cook food, and wipe my own bottom; things you guys take for granted," she said. "I have the determination to make these arms my own."
In addition, she said she can't wait to wear her wedding ring again.
"When you don't have hands, you can't wear rings," she said.
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