CHRON | Cindy Horswell
Photo: Two year-old Arielle Hayes rides on her mother's wheelchair as Katy Hayes departs from her radiology appointment Tuesday 22, 2012 at Kingwood Medical Center in preparation for her arm transplants. Photo: Billy Smith II, Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle
Katy Hayes has no illusions about the countless risks she faces as the first person in the U.S. to have someone else's arms and hands transplanted onto her body.
After all, the 43-year-old Kingwood mother of three has already experienced losing every one of her own limbs.
A flesh-eating infection invaded her body shortly after the birth of her last child two years ago, forcing doctors to amputate her arms and legs above the knees and elbows, leaving behind only small stubs.
Katy's eyes glistened and her voice cracked recently as she recalled being quizzed by a medical team at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Harvard University teaching affiliate in Boston, about what motivated her quest for transplants.
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