Texas mother of three to get first double arm transplant in the U.S.
The 43-year-old mother of three from Kingwood, Texas joined doctors today at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to announce the milestone at a press conference, CBS Boston reported.
Four days after giving birth to her third child in 2010, Katy developed Streptococcal A infection and slipped into a coma. To save her life and prevent the spread of the infection, doctors had to amputate her arms and legs.
"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 recalled Wednesday at the press conference.
She survived and said in a video on the hospital's website that the surgeries were "more than she could grasp," but support from her family and her husband of 13 years, Al, helped her get through it. So too did the Harvard-affiliated hospital which after rigorous evaluation approved Hayes for the milestone surgery, a procedure she says has given her the hope to fight forward.
"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."
Watch below for a story of Katy's journey from Brigham and Women's Hospital:
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