Over 5 years ago Emily Fennell was in a tragic accident which eventually led to her losing a hand; today however her life has officially changed drastically. Fennell was selected as a hand transplant recipient and today she officially came out to show the results of the miraculous surgery.
The amazing transplant took place at UCLA’s hospital which has been considered to be one of the best hospitals nationwide. The surgery took place on March 5th and ever since then Fennell has been undergoing substantial rehab and recovery but now Fennell is recovered enough to live on her own.
Amazingly Fennell has successfully gained the ability to not only move and feel the transplanted hand she is also able to move the fingers on her new hand. Doctors originally believed that the transplant may not be successful but after significant testing doctors realized that Fennell was the perfect candidate. Immediately after the transplant Fennell was unable to feel or utilize the hand completely but doctors say that, just as expected, she has been rapidly gaining feeling and motor skills in the transplant hand. At this point doctors are unable to say exactly how full of a recovery Fennell will be able to make but right now they are hopeful that she will likely have full control and feeling of the hand as if it was her own.
Fennell has voiced repeatedly that she is incredibly happy to have been given this opportunity. Her life changed drastically after she lost her hand and now, 5 years later, everything will slowly begin changing back to a normal lifestyle.