Positively Kentuckiana: Crusade volunteer chooses amputation to save life


by Rachel Platt


Posted on August 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 5:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A local man who has sacrificed parts of his body to safe his life is adjusting to a new life after being fit with a prosthesis.

Danny Spayd is adjusting to his new hand - what he calls his "Terminator" hand, controlled by his own muscles. Simple gestures are possible again after Danny said he chose to have his hand amputated in May.

What he thought was a cyst near his wrist turned out to be a malignant tumor. Danny had two options, lose his hand to make sure he got the cancer, or try and save the hand and run the risk the cancer would return.

Dr. Shawn price said the sarcoma like Danny had is rare but dangerous when diagnosed.

To give himself an extra weapon in the fight Danny is also undergoing chemo. His full head of hair now gone, Danny said it is tougher than losing his hand. A man with a sense of humor, he also said it doesn't take two hands to eat a whopper.

He did say he's thrilled he'll soon have two hands again to regain his life. A life with no guarantees the cancer is gone for good, but he said he’ll never give up.

So Danny said he has some new rules on life: First of all cherish it and your loved ones - like your wife. It's okay to cry, and it's okay to laugh. And finally, offer others a helping hand.

For the past 30 years Danny has hauled money for the WHAS Crusade for Children alongside his brother - he will again next year.

Danny Spayd: Turning loss into gain.