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09-13-2012, 05:42
Texas mom gets go-ahead for historic double-arm transplant


"Katy Hayes, the Texas mom who lost all four limbs to an infection soon after she had her third child, has been okayed for a double arm transplant by doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She’ll be the first person in the U.S. to get two full arms transplanted at once and is now at the top of the New England Organ Bank’s waiting list for them..........................."

Interesting work

"..........The main issue will be in the nerve connections, Pomahac said. Because Hayes lost her arms just below the shoulder, the nerves will need to grow a very long distance if her new hands and fingers are to work........................"

Depends on a lot of factors - and organ donors - but if it could be perfected it has great implementations for Wounded Warriors.

09-13-2012, 17:12
That was my first thought Pete, thanks for posting this. I wish them success in this.

09-15-2012, 09:46
Nerve growth will be the thing to watch in this case, yes. Much of that is a wait and cross your fingers process. Even a partial motor innervation would be very good and promising.

I'm sure it must vary from patient to patient, and circumstances, but is there an average time period in which you would see progress (nerve growth)?