Indiana woman who lost hands and legs helping Henryville tornado victims receives double hand transplant

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LOUSIVILLE, Ken. – An Indiana woman who lost her hands and legs while trying to help Henryville tornado victims has two new hands after undergoing a double hand transplant in Louisville, WLKY reports.

Louella Aker, of Jeffersonville, contracted a bacterial infection while trying to help her neighbors in Henryville clean up after the storms.

“I joined in just to help clean up, haul away any kind of wood or anything like that,” Aker told WLKY.

She nearly died from the infection, but doctors were able to save her life by removing both of her hands and legs.

But Aker now has two hands after undergoing a 17-hour procedure involving a team of 20 surgeons at Jewish Hospital. Aker is now the first female to receive a hand transplant in the U.S.

Akers says she hopes that one day she’ll be able to cook and knit again.