LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville woman has become the tenth patient to receive a hand transplant by the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) surgical team at Jewish Hospital.

She lost four of her limbs after working to help victims of the Henryville tornado. Now she's the first woman to undergo a double hand transplant locally.

Louella Aker's home survived the 2012 tornado, but doctors believe when she worked to help neighbors clean up, she may have become infected by bacteria in the debris.

They amputated both legs, one arm and most of her other hand to save her life.

On Sept. 17, the 69-year-old underwent a double hand transplant at Jewish Hospital. 

Surgeons from Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery and University of Louisville performed the procedure.


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