Woman who received double hand transplant regains nearly all function two years on

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One of the first people in the UK to have received a double hand transplant has regained nearly all function in her hands and is able to wrap up Christmas presents two years on.

Cor Hutton, 50, became the first person in Scotland and only the third in the UK to successfully have the procedure in 2019.

She had received the transplant after having her hands and feet amputated in 2013 when she suffered a nearly fatal bout of acute pneumonia and sepsis.

On the second anniversary of her operation, Ms Hutton said she feels "very lucky" and that her progress has been "phenomenal".

Two months ago she was told she had regained 90% function in her hands - trumping her medical team's aim of gaining 75%.

Patients whose hands have been reattached can continue to show improvement up to a decade later, so she said she has "a lot of faith there's more to come".

Ms Hutton, from Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, said her touch and feel is slowly returning and has meant she was able to wrap presents properly for the first time again at Christmas.

She said: "Christmas was big time for learning - using a Sellotape dispenser and using scissors - this year I was actually wrapping presents and tying bows rather than just putting them in bags with tissue paper...

"It's just the things that other people would take for granted. Little things like that, they just give me a wee thrill and that's still happening quite a lot."

However, Ms Hutton has felt some guilt about the donor and their family.

"I'll always be aware of that - while I'm celebrating, someone else's heart is breaking," she said.

"It makes me think of how brave that family were to make the decision they made and give me the chance I got."

The 50-year-old has been in touch with the donor's family, who said the hands are now hers.

"I know they are mine but I will never take that for granted and I'll never disrespect where they came from," Ms Hutton added.