If you think you have had a bad day, listen to this story. Ten years ago Jeff Kepner woke up in a hospital with his wife leaning over him. "You've been sick", she told him through tears. "You have been asleep for three weeks." Jeff stared down at his hands -- they were black, leathery and lifeless. "I'm not going to keep these, am I?" he asked. "No", Valerie said.
Jeff was an Air Force veteran, softball ace and aspiring chef. He had just graduated from culinary school. He had fluelike symptoms for nearly a week, and ended up in the emergency room. He was diagnosed with Streptococal Toxic Shock Syndrome, which strikes about 10,000 people per year. His organs were shutting down and he coded several times. They didn't expect him to survive. He lost his arms and legs. He then went through the grueling task of mastering prosthetics.
Last May 4th Jeff received arm and hand transplants from an organ donor. There have been only 6 single hand procedures in the US. He was excited to be able to look forward to cooking again, playing catch with his daughter, doing household repairs and playing video games with his daughter.
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