This just in from Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Boston, MA – Following completion of a rigorous pre-operative evaluation, Katy Hayes, of Kingwood, TX, has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for a bilateral arm transplant. BWH is working in collaboration with the New England Organ Bank (NEOB) who will now actively search for an appropriate donor for Hayes.
Hayes, 43, who became a quadruple amputee in 2010 following a life threatening Group A Streptococcal (GAS) infection, will hold a press conference with her surgeons at BWH to share her story and discuss the procedure. She hopes to become the first in the nation to receive a bilateral arm transplant above the elbow.
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