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Saturday, August 2, 2008

 

World’s first double arm transplant as man gets teenager’s limbs

‘Surgeons have performed the world’s first double arm transplant.

The 16-hour operation was carried out last Friday on a farm worker who lost both arms in an accident.

The 54-year-old man was given the arms of a teenage boy who is believed to have died in a road crash. [..]

The patient, who lost his arms in a threshing machine six years ago, is said to be recovering well from the surgery. Doctors said he regained consciousness on Sunday and smiled at his wife. [..]

He said it was difficult to forecast the psychological effect on the man of having the arms of a youth 35 years his junior.’




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