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Quadruple amputee receives double hand transplant

31 January 2019

A Renfrewshire woman has undergone surgery after waiting 5 years for a double hand transplant.

Corrine Hutton set up support charity Finding Your Feet after suffering acute pneumonia and sepsis in 2013 when she was given a 5% chance of survival. Doctors were able to save her organs but were forced to amputate both her hands and legs below the knee.

Since her amputation, experts have been consistently working to try and find suitable hands that were a match for the 47-year-old single mother. On the fifth anniversary of her charity, Ms Hutton was informed that a match for her blood group, skin tone and hand size had finally been found. Ms Hutton went through a 12-hour procedure at Leeds General Infirmary.

Professor Simon Kay, who led the team working on Ms Hutton’s procedure, performed the first UK double hand transplant back in 2016. Ms Hutton was Prof Kay’s sixth procedure.

Prof Kay said:

“Corrine is one of the most positive, resilient and determined people I have met and despite all the hurdles she has faced she has now got the hands she wishes for. She realises what a remarkable life-affirming gift she has received from an unknown family devastated by grief and I know she will be forever grateful.”

Following the operation, Ms Hutton thanked the medical team:

“I’ve got hands, they look exactly like mine. They look amazing. I’ve got fingers, and they can move – I shouldn’t be doing that right enough, but it’s absolutely incredible. I’m so thrilled.”

Once an owner of a graphics company in Glasgow, Ms Hutton now devotes her time to Finding Your Feet to support amputees throughout the whole of the UK.

Ms Hutton became the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, to climb Ben Nevis, cycle around the Isle of Arran, in addition to taking up both skiing and ballroom dancing lessons.

Ms Hutton’s charity has raised more than £700,000 so far through a variety of fundraisers as well as generous donations.

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