Share Lindsay Ess was just 24 years old when an infection forced doctors to amputate her hands and feet. Four years later, she underwent a hand transplant. (ABC News)It’s the simplest thing, the grasp of one hand in another. But Lindsay Ess will never see it that way, because her hands once belonged to someone else.Growing up in Texas and Virginia, Lindsay, 29, was always one of the pretty girls. She went to college, did some modeling and started building a career in fashion, with an eye on producing fashion shows.Then she lost her hands and feet. When she was 24 years old, Lindsay had just graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s well-regarded fashion program when she developed a blockage in her small intestine from Crohn’s Disease. After having surgery to correct the problem, an infection took over and shut down her entire body. To save her life, doctors put her in a medically-induced coma. When she came out of the coma a month later, still in a haze, Lindsay said she knew something was wrong with her hands and feet.“I would look down and I would see black, almost like a body that had decomposed,” she said.The infection had turned her extremities into dead tissue. Still sedated, Lindsay said she didn’t realize what that meant at first.“There was a period of time where they didn’t tell me that they had to amputate, but somebody from the staff said, ‘Oh honey, you know what they are going to do to your hands, right?’ That’s when I knew,” she said.After having her hands and feet amputated, Lindsay adapted. She learned how to drink from a cup, brush her teeth and even text on her cellphone with her arms, which were amputated just below the elbow.“The most common questions I get are, ‘How do you type,’” she said. “It’s just like chicken-pecking.”Despite her progress, Lindsay said she faced challenges being independent. Her mother, Judith Aronson, basically moved back into her daughter’s life to provide basic care, including bathing, dressing and feeding. Having also lost her feet, Lindsay needed her mother to help put on her prosthetic legs.“I’ve accepted the fact that my feet are gone, that’s acceptable to me,” Lindsay said. “My hands [are] not. It’s still not. In my dreams I always have my hands.”Through her amputation recovery, Lindsay discovered a lot of things about herself, including that she felt better emotionally by not focusing on the life that was gone and how much she hated needing so much help but that she also truly depends on it.“I’m such an independent person,” she said. “But I’m also grateful that I have a mother like that, because what could I do?”Lindsay said she found that her prosthetic arms were a struggle. “These prosthetics are s—,” she said. “I can’t do anything with them. I can’t do anything behind my head. They are heavy. They are made for men. They are claws, they are not feminine whatsoever.”For the next couple of years, Lindsay exercised diligently as part of the commitment she made to qualify for a hand transplant, which required her to be in shape. But the tough young woman now said she saw her body in a different way now.“People used to turn and look at me when I walked down the street because of how beautiful I was,” Lindsay said. “Now they turn and look at me because I’m in a wheelchair and have no hands and feet. The type of person that I was would be the type of person I would hate now. I used to care way too much about what I looked like. What does it matter what my hair looks like? What does it matter what I’m wearing so much?”Lindsay had to wait for a donor. Dr. Scott Levin, her orthopedic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said if was preferable if Lindsay’s donor hands were female, and had a size and skin color that matched hers.Waiting for a donor was the part that Lindsay said she found the most difficult.“I hate thinking about that,” she said. “I think that whoever’s hands will be with purpose, not just used to look pretty.” “In Lindsay’s case, the hookup of the new hand is relying on her nerves growing into the new muscles from the donor,” Levin said. “The nerves have to grow into those muscles, takes months, it can take a year.”And there is still the possibility that the surgery can fail.“Failure means the part that doesn’t survive and we have to re-amputate the transplant,” Levin said. “That’s failure.”For nearly 12 hours, two separate teams of surgeons, one dedicated to the left hand, the other to the right, worked to perform an operation so cutting-edge that surgeons have only attempted it about 60 times in the past 15 years.After the surgery, Lindsay was in a cocoon of bandages. Levin said the initial signs for recovery were good.“This is more than we could ever hope for,” he said. “Her blood pressure is good, all the parameters related to how to blood flow in and out of her new arms. This is, if you will, a picture perfect course so far.”Less than a month after her surgery, Lindsay was out of the ICU and working on a therapy regime. The skin color of her new hands and arms wasn’t exactly the same as her upper arms. They still looked like they belonged to someone else.“The first couple of days I refused to look at them,” Lindsay said. “It was kind of like one of those scary movie moments. I’m too scared to look because it’s reality [but] I’m so grateful to have them that I just don’t really think about it superficially.”Four months after her surgery, in January 2012, Lindsay’s doctors said they continued to be amazed at her recovery. They said they didn’t expect her to have fine motion control for another 12 to 18 months, but her muscles were reacting well. She could even pick up lightweight objects.In February, Lindsey was allowed to go home for the first time since the surgery five months before. Levin said the prognosis for both hands couldn’t be better. Even so, rejection was still a huge concern.By JOHN DONVAN, MAX CULHANE and MARY MARSH/ABC News Sharing is caring! Share 38 Views no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Quadruple Amputee Gets Two New Hands on Life by: – January 4, 2013 Tweet Share
Less than a week after a man was beaten to death in Rose Hall Town, Berbice, his sister is now critical after she was stabbed during his wake on Wednesday evening.The injured woman has been identified as Maureen Sundarsingh of Lot 316 Fifth Street, Rose Hall Town. She was reportedly attacked and stabbed during an argument with another woman, who, Guyana Times understands, is related to the man who allegedly killed Sundarsingh’s brother.The injured woman is battling for her life at the New Amsterdam Hospital. Her brother, Wayne Sundarsingh, called “Wino”, was allegedly beaten unconscious during a drinking spree at Bulletwood Street last Saturday, but died a few hours later.Meanwhile, Police have arrested three persons in relation to the stabbing incident on Wednesday. Up to press time, Maureen was listed as critical at the Intensive Care Unit of the New Amsterdam Hospital.
Kevin Durant, who’s from nearby Suitland, Maryland, scored 21 points.Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with a season-high 27 points and Bradley Beal had 22 points as their two-game winning streak came to an end.“I think we’re turning a corner,” Beal said. “We’re still not there yet. We still have to dig ourselves out of this hole that we’re in. There’s only a short amount of time to do it, but we have a great opportunity in front of us.”After the Warriors led by 12 after three quarters, the Wizards went on an 11-2 run to get back into the game. With Curry, Durant and Draymond Green on the bench, a 3-pointer by little-used Chasson Randle with 7:46 left cut Washington’s deficit to two at 108-106, and Sam Dekker missed a lay-in on the next possession that would have tied it.Shaun Livingston hit two free throws the next time down the floor for Golden State, and dunks by Alfonzo McKinnie and Kevon Looney pushed the lead back up to eight. 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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced today that it will host its Inaugural BAFTA LA Celebrity Golf Classic on November 3rd at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale to raise funds for its education and outreach programs. Registration is now open. The 18-hole tournament will begin at 11 a.m. on Oakmont’s championship golf course, a classic Southern California-style course featuring a challenging layout and undulating greens. An Awards Dinner will follow in the country club’s exceptional dining room. Proceeds from the star-studded event benefit BAFTA Los Angeles Inner City Mentoring, Education & Outreach Programs, BAFTA LA Scholarships, and the BAFTA LA Student Film Awards.“The BAFTA LA membership is very proud of the education and outreach programs we have committed ourselves to over the years. Proceeds from this tournament will help us reach more students in the inner city and beyond in very meaningful ways,” explained Nigel Lythgoe, Chairman of the BAFTA LA Golf Tournament Committee.Celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include Rob Brydon (this year’s host of the Britannia Awards), Jamie Bamber, Jonathan Banks, Gregory Harrison, Andrew Howard, Michael Ironside, Greg Itzin, Vinnie Jones, Nigel Lythgoe, Joe Mantegna, Joel Murray, Timothy Omundson, Ron Perlman, Ray Romano, Patrick Warburton and others. Celebrity golfers are subject to change.Teams for the Monday tournament will be comprised of a five-person group, and play will consist of a Shotgun Start with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Registrations are being accepted as a foursome and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up the five-person team. Registration fees for BAFTA members are $5,000 per foursome. A buffet Awards Dinner will be served after the tournament. The tournament is limited to 25 foursomes.Find out more here.