Tissue transplantation is about the things we take for granted; the ability to see, to walk, to write, to live independently, to be free of pain. For Katie Hunter Flournoy it was about avoiding possible amputation of her dominant arm after the discovery of a bone tumor at age 19. Her surgeon opted for the use of an allograft to reconstruct part of Katie’s distal radius. She received a perfect donor match.
After the surgery, Katie began intense physical therapy. Four months later she was able to write again and soon she was able to drive. Katie was relieved to be able to get back to everyday activities after struggling for months to tie her own shoes, eat, wash her hair and brush her teeth. Again, tissue transplantation is about the things we take for granted each day.