Woman who lost hands and feet from rare infection hopes for double arm transplant

Beyza Dogan, a 24-year-old dental technician, is hoping for a double arm transplant (Image: Newsflash)

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A woman who lost her hands and feet due to a rare infection is hoping for a double arm transplant to transform her life.

Beyza Dogan, from Turkey, had to have her multiple amputations after suffering a meningococcal infection while living in Cologne, Germany, four years ago.

The 24-year-old dental technician's kidneys collapsed due to the blood poisoning that followed and she ended up losing her arms and legs due to the infection.

Beyza was saved after her mother Mihriban Dogan, 54, donated a kidney to her two years ago.

After coming to terms with everything that had happened, Beyza became determined not to give up and started research into a double arm transplant.

Beyza was living in Germany when she caught the infection
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She has moved back to Turkey since and is getting medical advice
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Beyza's research led her back to Antalya, Turkey, with the guidance of their family doctor, General Surgery Specialist Dr Levent Yilmaz.

She has since returned home to try and make her dream a reality.

She was introduced to Professor Omer Ozkan, a lecturer at the Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, who is world-renowned for his double arm and face transplants.

Beyza hopes to have the surgery as soon as possible
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And after various tests, Beyza has joined the queue to wait for a donor for a double arm transplant.

Dr Levent Yilmaz who has been following Beyza's treatment said: "Beyza lost her upper and lower extremities due to meningococcal disease, which she had unfortunately caught while living in Germany.

"She even lost her kidneys because of this, and as a result, she had to have a transplant from her mother.

Beyza also had to have a kidney transplant
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"During her controls, I thought that the most suitable place for multiple limb transplants was Akdeniz University Hospital.

"And I immediately met with Dr Omer Ozkan and made an appointment with him for Beyza."

Dr Omer Ozkan added: "Currently, she is using her prostheses. She continues her life, but she has certain problems.

"She seems motivated and willing for limb transplants. She is a suitable patient.

She says she always tries to stay positive
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She is hoping a suitable donor will be found
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"There are no problems with the tests so far. When deemed appropriate, she will be placed on the transplant list.

"When a suitable donor is found, there is no obstacle in terms of transplantation for Beyza."

Beyza said she tries to stay positive, adding: "Dr Omer Ozkan is very experienced in this. I am very happy, and I am eagerly waiting for his good news.

"My only dream is to have surgery as soon as possible."

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