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Incredible quadruple amputee has a hand transplant after dreaming of holding son’s hand

A quadruple amputee who had been desperately seeking a double hand transplant to be able to ‘fluff up’ her son Rory’s hair once again has successfully undergone the surgery after a five-year wait.

Corinne Hutton, 47, is among the first people in the UK to have had the double hand transplant after she  lost her hands and feet in 2013 after suffering acute pneumonia and sepsis, which nearly killed her. 

Surgeons at Leeds General Infirmary carried out the complicated 12-hour procedure on earlier this week, her charity Finding Your Feet has announced.

The single mother, from Renfrewshire in Scotland, had been waiting as experts to find suitable tried to find hands that were a match for the former businesswoman.

Speaking in 2014, she described how much it meant to her.

She said: ‘My mission is to be able to hold Rory’s hand again properly. 

‘I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to lace our fingers together and hold hands properly. I won’t be able to feel any sensation for about 14 months, but he will be able to feel my hand around his again, which will mean the world.’ 

After more than a dozen false alarms over the years, she was informed this week that a match for her own blood group, skin tone and hand size had been found.

Finding Your Feet said she was taken by ambulance from her home in Lochwinnoch to the hospital in West Yorkshire, where the surgery began at around 1pm on Monday.

Corinne Hutton has became the first Scottish double hand transplant recipient following years of being unable to find a donor match

Since her amputations, Cor has set up the charity Finding Your Feet, which supports amputees throughout the UK and has raised over £700,000 for the cause. She posed naked with organs painted on her for a donation drive in 2016 (pictured)

Since her amputations, Cor has set up the charity Finding Your Feet, which supports amputees throughout the UK and has raised over £700,000 for the cause. She posed naked with organs painted on her for a donation drive in 2016 (pictured)

The team working on the procedure included Professor Simon Kay, who was given an OBE in the New Year Honours list, and Professor Andrew Hart from Scotland, who performed the surgery to remove her hands and lower legs in 2013 and has since become her close friend.

Proffessor Kay, who led the team, performed the first double hand transplant in the UK in 2016, and Ms Hutton was his sixth procedure.

He said: ‘Corinne 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 didn’t go into this lightly, she researched it deeply and understood the risks as well as the benefits.

Doctors were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee, as the 47-year-old single mum developed pneumonia and sepsis in 2013. Now she will be able to use her new hands (pictured)

Doctors were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee, as the 47-year-old single mum developed pneumonia and sepsis in 2013. Now she will be able to use her new hands (pictured)

‘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.

‘I know all of the very large and professional team here at Leeds General Infirmary have been delighted that she finally found a match and has the hands, and we are all proud to be part of the team that provides this surgery.’

The surgeon has also urged people to consider organ donation and to discuss their wishes with their family.

Before she fell ill and was given a 5% chance of survival, Ms Hutton, who has one son, ran her own graphics company in Glasgow.

Doctors kept her in an induced coma for three weeks and when she came round, her hands and feet had been starved of blood. Surgeons could save her life only by performing a quadruple amputation. 

She now devotes her life to the charity she founded to support amputees throughout the UK.

Ms Hutton has since become the first female quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, climbed Ben Nevis, abseiled, cycled around the Isle of Arran, taken up skiing and done ballroom dancing lessons.

The charity has so far raised more than £700,000 through fundraising and donations.

Corrine has kept on fighting for her son Rory and has taken on inspirational challenges 

Corrine has kept on fighting for her son Rory and has taken on inspirational challenges 

Abseiling and mountain climbing, as well as working on campaigns keeps the mother busy 

Abseiling and mountain climbing, as well as working on campaigns keeps the mother busy 

Corrine has also established a charity and supports donation drives after refusing to give up 

Corrine has also established a charity and supports donation drives after refusing to give up 

In 2016 she also posed nude, with her body painted with organs and tissue that are deemed transplantable in a bid to help raise awareness of transplant issues.

The first woman to receive a double hand transplant in the UK was Tanya Jackson, who was motivated to go for the procedure after seeing Ms Hutton on television.

A spokesman for Finding Your Feet thanked those who have supported Ms Hutton throughout her journey.

He said: ‘Cor was close to losing hope about finding a match for a transplant, but that’s not her style.

‘She has accomplished an unbelievable amount since losing her limbs, and we’re certain she’ll continue to inspire people as she builds up strength and learns to use her new hands.

‘It’s bittersweet, because transplants require a donor. That person and her family have changed the lives of many today, and made it possible for a mum to hold her son’s hand again. Cor will not waste a moment with what they’ve given her.’

Corrine also runs and lives an active lifestyle despite being a quadruple amputee. Now, she has been given a double hand transplant

Corrine also runs and lives an active lifestyle despite being a quadruple amputee. Now, she has been given a double hand transplant

 

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