Radical Double Hand Transplant for Fire Victim

by Kathy Jones on  May 24, 2011 at 11:51 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
Media reports indicate that a fire victim, who lost the use of both his hands, has undergone the most radical double hand transplant yet attempted.
 Radical Double Hand Transplant for Fire Victim
Radical Double Hand Transplant for Fire Victim

In a new BBC1 series, 'Inside The Human Body', Dr Richard Edwards, 54, a chiropractor from Oklahoma, who had both his own hands cut off and then replaced by someone else's, was filmed undergoing the surgery.

Edwards' hands had been badly damaged in a fire. He survived, but 30 percent of his body was severely burnt. Most of his injuries healed but his hands were too badly damaged to recover.

"I couldn't do anything that required a delicate touch. I couldn't do up buttons, fasten or unfasten a zip," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

He was so frustrated that he volunteered for a double hand transplant, and the operation was co-ordinated by Dr Warren Breidenbach at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.

It took two teams of surgeons more than 18 hours of painstaking surgery to first amputate Edwards' damaged hands and then connect the donor's hands.

Now, nine months later, Edwards has good control of what were once a stranger's hands.

Source: ANI

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This is amazing! Edward regained his life back through his double hand surgeries. Congratulations to the surgeons and to Edward, of course.
ennairam_23 Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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