This medical video looks into the amazing surgery of tendon transfer.
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Jennifer Matthews: What may seem like a simple stroke of the brush is a major accomplishment for Rose O'Lague. A car accident left rose a quadriplegic. But, she says not being able to walk was not the hardest part. Rose O'Lague: My thumb hung away from my hand so I had no grip. Jennifer Matthews: No grip meant not being able to hold her paintbrush. Rose O'Lague: No matter how hard I tried, I could not grip anything. That was terribly frustrating. Jennifer Matthews: To restore function in Rose's thumb, doctors took a tendon from Rose's forearm and transferred it to her thumb. Doctor Allan Peljovich performed rose's surgery. Dr. Allan Peljovich: So in the end, it doesn't cause her any difficulty or impairment in her elbow, but now provides her with function she doesn't have. Jennifer Matthews: After five weeks in a cast and months of therapy, Rose is now able to paint with great detail. Dr. Allan Peljovich: Taking care of people like Rose are about as much fun as it gets because you can really make a difference for what they do. Rose O'Lague: I can put on my own lipstick. I can pick up finger food. Jennifer Matthews: She can also turn pages, a necessity for a director of a community theater. Rose O'Lague: I know I'm not going to walk again and I'm not concerned about that, but not to be able to do anything with my hands, that probably would have been the hardest thing to really live with. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.