Quadruple amputee Corinne Hutton is looking forward to holding her son’s hand for the first time in five years after receiving a double hand transplant.

Corinne, who founded the charity Finding Your Feet, underwent the 12-hour procedure at Leeds General Infirmary last week.

The 48-year-old lost both hands and her lower legs after suffering acute pneumonia and sepsis in 2013. But the mum of one has not let disability get in the way of living a full and active life and has dedicated her time to taking on various gruelling challenges.

Speaking from her hospital bed after the surgery, Corinne, from Lochwinnoch, said: “I’ve got hands, they look exactly like mine. They look amazing. I’ve got fingers, and they can move. I shouldn’t be doing that right enough, but it’s absolutely incredible. I’m so thrilled.”

Kerr Ferguson, from Finding Your Feet, told the Herald that Corinne was looking forward to holding her 10-year-old son’s hand.

He said: “She’s delighted. She’ll be able to hold Rory’s hand. It’s something so small that you and I take for granted but it’s such a big thing for her. She’s not been able to hold her son’s hand for five years, I don’t know if she’ll let go of him.

“Cor has had probably about 15 false alarms where there’s been a donor available and then she’s been let down because it’s not a match. She’s had her bag packed for Leeds almost 15 times, only to then be told ‘sorry’.

“She’s rested up. That’s one of the hardest things to do because she does not sit still.

“It’s a lovely story because Professor Andrew Hart [one of the transplant surgeons] was part of the team that did the amputation in 2013. I’m not a superstitious person but there’s a few things that make you think. The day Cor had her surgery was the anniversary that the charity started.

“Cor has campaigned for organ donation for a long time. Now it’s close to her heart so she’s going to come out of this doing more campaigning. Fortunately, Cor didn’t have anything life threatening but people die every day waiting for heart and lung transplants.

“It’s important to remember at the heart of all this there is a grieving family in this. She is very thankful to them, but she will be mindful that there has been a bereavement.”