A double-hand transplant patient amazed doctors by gaining 90% use of her new limbs.
Cor Hutton, 50, had her hands and feet amputated in 2013 after suffering acute pneumonia and sepsis, which nearly killed her.
Two years on from the 12-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary, Cor said: “I am very lucky.
“I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much is still changing every day. For them to work better as time goes on is just phenomenal.”
Cor, a single mum-of-one, can now play golf and tackle tricky jobs such as wrapping presents – even tying bows.
She was the first quadruple amputee to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and has also climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis.
She can abseil, cycle and ski and has had ballroom dance lessons. Cor, of Lochwinnoch, near Glasgow, said her 90% hand function surpassed surgeons’ expectations of 75%.
Speaking of her donor’s family, she added: “I’ll always be aware that while I’m celebrating, someone else’s heart is breaking. It makes me think of how brave that family was.
“I will never take that for granted.”
With her charity Finding Your Feet, Cor has raised hundreds of thousands to help other amputees.
The Mirror’s Change the Law for Life campaign resulted in a new organ donation law last year.
Everyone in England is now presumed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have opted out.