The BWH hand and arm transplant team, which is comprised of a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties, aims to provide eligible amputee patients with the life-giving benefits of hand and arm transplantation. The surgery is described as a life-giving procedure because it has the potential to dramatically improve, i.e., restore, both a patient’s mental and physical health and his/her ability to function and integrate in society.
John Peck John Peck, retired Marine sergeant, received a bilateral hand transplant by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Peck, 31, became a quad amputee in 2010 when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Will Lautzenheiser In June 2014, Will Lautzenheiser, a former professor of film production and screenwriting at Boston University and Montana State University, is approved by the Institutional Review Board at BWH for a bilateral arm transplant following completion of a rigorous preoperative evaluation. Lautzenheiser, 40, became a quad amputee in 2011 following a life threatening streptococcal infection.
Richard Mangino In October 2011, a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, residents, radiologists and physician assistants worked for more than 12 hours to perform a bilateral hand transplant for Richard Mangino, 65, of Revere. Mangino, a quadruple amputee, lost his arms below the elbows and legs below the knees after contracting sepsis in 2002.