After Hand Transplant, Relearning How to Hold

Part 3: As muscles and nerves heal, Lindsay Ess is excited to be able to do everyday tasks again.
3:00 | 01/04/13

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Hour after hour. Date after date. The therapy continues. The dark pigment in her new hands is fading away. Excess skin and -- has been removed the so you're kind of on schedule for working and -- -- -- annual and what does that mean. I have more muscle. In my hands. And I fingers then that other people have have had at -- fourteen month. So when we went down to Richmond a few weeks ago to catch up. It was the end of our story but -- -- They feel like -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I mean. You can say that their mind. But and they are not -- but it. They're so against them. One small sign of success. Her intrinsic muscles -- those little muscles that -- her contract and relax her fingers wouldn't. Feel right here. It's hired -- the muscle and then he'll let my pinky two. I can move the need to -- time n.'s -- -- creates an -- See if that's -- muscle that -- muscles which is intrinsic. What can you do experience now before it could brush my teeth but it is difficult. Now I can brush -- teeth in it -- I can't do the -- Quite yet I can. Pick up stuff. From the ground. And one other thing remember -- that small thing that Lindsay said three years ago that she aspired to do for herself. Here it is -- brush my hair and a small thing. Ended the thing. -- -- -- For Nightline I'm John done better in Richmond Virginia. For the next eighteen months to two years Lindsay will do two hours of therapy five times a week she said she wants to go back to school with the goal. Of helping wounded veterans.

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