B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada – CTV News

Rick Thompson, who had all of his limbs amputated after contracting bacterial meningitis and septic shock in 2015, poses for a photograph in Coquitlam, B.C., on Monday, March 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

When Rick Thompson’s doctor told him a surgical team was going ahead with his double-hand transplant in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, his first reaction was surprise.

“We’re targeting August, maybe early September,” he said in a recent interview.

“I was even shocked when (the doctor) told me. I met him last week and I asked him for a ballpark time frame. And he said August, and I said ‘Oh, OK.’ I wasn’t quite ready for that.”

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