The Houston Chronicle reports a Kingwood woman who lost both arms and both legs after a massive infection is in line to become the first in the country to get double arm transplants above the elbow.

 

A flesh-eating infection invaded Katy Hayes' body shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2010, forcing doctors to amputate her arms and legs above the knees and elbows, leaving only small stubs.

Then was then and now is now.

The news today is that Hayes has been approved by the review board at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for a historic bilateral arm transplant operation.

Being approved just puts Katy on the transplant waiting list.  They now have to wait for a suitable donor, which means they're waiting for someone to die.  The hospital provided this video showing how the operation will be done.

The photo with this story shows Katy in happier times.  If you believe in Santa Claus, you know that he knows what she wants for Christmas this year.