Coquitlam’s Rick Thompson — who lost all four appendages — is set to receive two new hands in the first operation of its kind in Canada. But first, he needs some financial help.
A Coquitlam man is set to be the first patient to ever receive a double hand transplant in Canada five years after bacterial meningitis — and septic shock — took his hands and feet.
In April 2015, Rick Thompson woke up in the middle of the night with what he thought was a 24-hour bug.
Despite all those hurdles, doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver put Thompson in touch with a team of physicians at University Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre. In total, a team of 14 surgeons and several other specialists from both health facilities agreed to risk the complicated procedure.
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