Katy Hayes, a 43-year-old mother of three from Kingwood, Texas, is preparing to get a double arm transplant in the United States.
Hayes developed a near-fatal Streptococcal A flesh-eating infection following the birth of her third child, Arielle, and fell into a coma. Doctors amputated her arms and legs to save her life. Two years later and after a rigorous evaluation, surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston announced Sept. 12 they would perform the milestone surgery on Hayes. The hospital is working with the New England Organ Bank to find a suitable donor.
This photo provided by the Hayes family shows Katy and her daughter Arielle, at their Texas home following Katey's amputations.
Credit: Brigham and Women's Hospital