Hour after hour, day after day, the therapy continues. The dark pigment in her new hands is fading away. Excess skin and fat has been removed.
So you're kind of on schedule for it working.
I am ahead of schedule.
And what does that mean?
I have more muscle in my hands and my fingers than other people have had, at almost fourteen month.
So when we went down to Richmond a few weeks ago to catch up, it was the end of our story.
But these are your hands now. They feel like your hands to you.
I feel like they're a gift. And they are always gonna be a gift. I mean...you can say that they are mine. But (and they are mine)...but they are still a gift.
One small sign of success: her intrinsic muscle's working (those little muscles that let her contract and relax her fingers).
If you feel right here, it's hard. It's a muscle. And then if you will let my pinky go too. I can move these two in at the same time. You see? So it creates a... See this? That's a muscle. And this is a muscle, which is intrinsic.
What can you do with your hands now?
Before I could brush my teeth, but it was difficult. Now I can brush my teeth, and it's easy. I can't do the doorknob 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?
Can't wait to brush my own hair.
Here it is!
So I can brush my hair.
A small thing and a big thing in one stroke. For Nightline, I'm John Donovan 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.
- 「一舉完成、立刻」- In One Stroke
A small thing and a big thing "in one stroke".