The Boston Globe ran a heart-grabbing story the other day about a New Hampshire man whose gifted hands -- donated after his death -- are now helping complete a man he never met.
Steven Lloyd, who loved to build and fix things like cars and decks, died from a massive brain hemorrhage last fall at age 43. When a hospital official asked his grieving wife, Jodi, about donating his forearms and hands, she said “yes.” They were transplanted and are now part of Richard Mangino, a 65-year-old from Massachusetts who lost his lower arms and legs to a horrible blood infection 10 years ago and became a prolific artist afterwards. “It’s like a bird that got its wings back,” he said after the surgery.
The scene where Jodi recalls visiting Richard in the hospital and touching his (and her late husband’s) hands is very moving. Check out the story here.
For more about the double hand transplant performed in Boston, try this earlier piece.