'Stumped' Follows A Life After Tragedy And Double Arm Transplant

WBUR | Alison Bruzek, Meghna Chakrabarti
On Nov. 25, 2014, Brigham and Women's Hospital with the New England Organ Bank announced Will Lautzenheiser's double arm transplant. (Courtesy lightchaser photography)
In 2011, Will Lautzenheiser was not planning for a catastrophe. The 37-year-old filmmaker and comedian had been hired to teach filmmaking at Montana State University and was excited to be moving to Bozeman from Boston.

A chill and a cramp in his leg while he was packing his things did not deter him. But as he continued to prepare, and as classes began, the pain became less tolerable and more frequent.

Ten days after his arrival in Bozeman, Will went to the hospital. There, he went into total organ failure. Doctors would later tell him the culprit was Toxic Shock Syndrome, from a strep infection. Will survived, but the near-fatal infection took both his arms and legs. Continue reading
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