Double hand transplant recipient plays the piano

A Massachusetts double hand transplant is making great progress after his history making surgery in 2011. Richard Mangino could have only dreamed of making music on a piano three years ago. Today, he is able to rattle off several tunes with the help of his two new hands. Three years ago, he became the first successful double hand transplant patient at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts.Mangino lost his lower arms and legs to an infection over a decade ago. "I don't notice what I have or I don't have. I'm just doing all these things now," Mangino said. Things like swimming, playing ball with his grand kids and simple tasks most of us don't even think about are now a reality. Doctors say Mangino is still making progress in regards to gaining sensation in the hands. Besides the physical healing and progress made the past couple of years, doctors are also focused on Mangino's psychological health. Having a creative side has kept him strong. "I'm sure that I do a lot more than a lot of people, like I say, because I had music and I have some art and I have some things that I already do that help me through life psychologically. It's just a huge benefit, you know?" Mangino said. Mangino's doctors hope his success can be translated into other transplant advances. The next step for Mangino? He would like to pick up the guitar again. (Video Source: CNN)
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