After reading an article in the NY Daily News online, about a young girl losing her hands and lower legs to massive infection after colon surgery I just had to share it. Now, I will further stress the importance of keeping this body part is good health. I had to post this article to stress my point of keeping your colon clean. Also, I want to state that it is important to know your body. You must pay attention to your body when it is sick and crying out for help. Don’t ignore pains and aches or deal with them with drugs or leave it to the professionals. It is time to take your health into your own hands properly.
*Always remember to take out the trash (poop 2-3 times per day)
**Eat fresh and raw with each cooked meal
***Take your probiotics
Well, this is all I have to say and then to share the article with you below:
Quadruple amputee Lindsay Ess gets a feel for life again after double hand-transplant surgery
A massive infection after abdominal surgery cost the bubbly college grad and model her hands and feet. Now she says her ordeal has changed her priorities. Her new hands, she tells Nightline, will be ‘used with purpose, not just used to look pretty.’
By Tracy Miller / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, January 4, 2013, 3:30 PM
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013, 3:30 PM
Quadrupal amputee Lindsay Ess received two brand new hands from a successful hand-transplant surgery.
A former model whose life changed forever when her hands and feet were amputated has a new lease on life, thanks to the success of a rarely performed surgery.
Lindsay Ess, 29, is the recipient of a double hand transplant, a surgery which has been attempted only 60 times in the past 50 years, according to ABC News. Her story airs tonight on ABC’s Nightline.
At age 24, Ess, a bubbly recent college grad who majored in fashion at Virginia Commonwealth University, went into surgery to correct an intestinal blockage caused by Crohn’s Disease. A massive infection following the surgery left doctors no choice but to amputate both of her hands and both of her feet.
More so than her feet, Ess found the loss of her hands the most difficult thing to accept.
“I’ve accepted the fact that my feet are gone, that’s acceptable to me,” she told Nightline. “My hands [are] not. It’s still not. In my dreams I always have my hands.”
Ess fought back, learning to drink, brush her teeth and even send text messages without the use of her hands. She received prosthetic arms, but found them cumbersome and ugly.
“These prosthetics are s—,” she told Nightline. “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.”
After she qualified for a hand transplant and endured the long wait for a donor, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania performed the 12-hour surgery.
A year and four months later, Ess is doing better than her doctors could ever have imagined, and says the entire ordeal has caused her to reassess her priorities.
“People used to turn and look at me when I walked down the street because of how beautiful I was,” she told Nightline. “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.”
These new hands, she says, will be “used with purpose, not just used to look pretty.”