A man who got a double arm transplant from a teenager says that the procedure has left him feeling like a teen as well.
Dairy farmer Karl Merk, 54, has become the world's first double arm transplant patient, after he lost both his arms while working on a corn threshing machine six years ago.
AdvertisementKarl's donor was a young teenager who died in a car accident just hours before his transplant operation.
"The feeling of being a whole man again is indescribable. Every day I gain more mobility in my arms and hands. What I'm looking forward to most now is to dress myself - and to ride my motorcycle again," The Sun quoted Karl, as saying.
The German farmer underwent surgery at the Technical University in Munich, which used a 40-strong medical team.
In a statement, doctors said that they did not see any sign that Karl's immune system was rejecting the foreign tissue and that his scars were healing well.
Now, Karl can open a door and turn lights on and off.