Farmer loses arms in a tragic accident. Flash forward 6 years. Sucessful double arm transplant takes place in Germany. Totally badass!
From the BBC:
In this procedure, limbs were reattached just below the shoulder.
Reiner Gradinger, medical director at the Munich University Clinic where the operation involving 40 doctors, nurses and assistants took place over 15 hours last week, said: “The reattachment appears up to now to have proceeded optimally.”
Surgeon Edgar Biemer said the greatest challenge was establishing blood flow between the farmer’s body and muscles in the new arms because the muscles have a limited lifespan.
And he said: “We discussed with the patient that he would have to deal with the fact that his hands were from somebody else.
“But this was discussed before the first heart transplant, and in reality nobody really cared about that.”
Doctors are monitoring the patient closely to make sure his body does not reject the new limbs.
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