Double hand transplant patient making progress

REVERE, MASS. (WCVB) -- A Massachusetts double hand transplant recipient is making great progress after his history making surgery in 2011.

Richard Mangino had dreams of some day playing the piano nearly three years ago, and now his dream has finally come true.

Mr. Mangino made history as the first successful double hand transplant patient at Brigham and Women's Hospital in October 2011.

A decade earlier he lost his lower arms and legs to an infection.

Besides the physical healing and progress the past couple of years, there is also a p=focus on Mr. Mangino's psychological health, but having a creative side has kept him strong.

He also has a supportive family which has made all the difference.

Mangino's doctors hope his success can be translated into other transplant advances, saying lower limbs could be the next frontier.



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