Former BU professor approved for bilateral arm transplant

(NECN) A former Boston University professor of screenwriting and film production is writing a new chapter on bravery.

Will Lautzenheiser has been approved for a bilateral arm transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He became a quadruple amputee in 2011 after getting a life-threatening infection from group A streptococcus.

“These doctors are amazing and I know that I’m in good hands as I’m going through the process to get new hands myself,” he said.

The number of arm transplants done worldwide is only estimated to be around 7, while the number of double transplants is even fewer; at Brigham and Women’s, this procedure will be the third of its kind.

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