Patient Profile

NAME: Louella Aker

AGE AT TIME OF TRANSPLANTATION: 69

DATE OF TRANSPLANTATION: September 17, 2016

RACE: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: Retired from Presbyterian Church USA headquarters; former assistant manager at Family Dollar Store

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Albany, Indiana

CURRENT RESIDENCE: Jeffersonville, Indiana

DATE ENTERED ON ORGAN DONOR NETWORK: September 18, 2015

FAMILY: Five adult children and 11 grandchildren

MEDICAL HISTORY: Mrs. Aker acquired an infection while involved in the cleanup and family assistance needs following the Henryville, Indiana tornado of March 2, 2012. She was later diagnosed with septicemia. She underwent a bilateral, below the knee amputation of her legs, left forearm amputation, and right partial hand amputation. She now walks on prosthetic legs and uses Touch Bionics Myoelectric prosthesis for her hands.

 

News Releases / Announcements

Indiana Woman Undergoes Double Hand Transplant at Jewish Hospital
Louella Aker, 69, becomes first female hand transplant recipient in Kentucky

Images

Surgery Images
 

Video

Video:  Hand Transplant Recipient Louella Aker Surgical B-Roll

 

 

Patient Profile

NAME: Louella Aker

AGE AT TIME OF TRANSPLANTATION: 69

DATE OF TRANSPLANTATION: September 17, 2016

RACE: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: Retired from Presbyterian Church USA headquarters; former assistant manager at Family Dollar Store

PLACE OF BIRTH: New Albany, Indiana

CURRENT RESIDENCE: Jeffersonville, Indiana

DATE ENTERED ON ORGAN DONOR NETWORK: September 18, 2015

FAMILY: Five adult children and 11 grandchildren

MEDICAL HISTORY: Mrs. Aker acquired an infection while involved in the cleanup and family assistance needs following the Henryville, Indiana tornado of March 2, 2012. She was later diagnosed with septicemia. She underwent a bilateral, below the knee amputation of her legs, left forearm amputation, and right partial hand amputation. She now walks on prosthetic legs and uses Touch Bionics Myoelectric prosthesis for her hands.

 

News Releases / Announcements

Indiana Woman Undergoes Double Hand Transplant at Jewish Hospital
Louella Aker, 69, becomes first female hand transplant recipient in Kentucky

Images

Surgery Images
 

Video

Video:  Hand Transplant Recipient Louella Aker Surgical B-Roll

 

 

 

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