UK man becomes recipient of world’s first dual hand transplant

Medical science combined with technology is advancing fast enough to achieve what a decade ago would have seemed impossible. A man in the UK has now become a patient to receive the world’s first dual hand transplant. Finally Chris King can experience holding his grandchildren and most of all enjoy a bottle of beer again.

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Chris King 57 suffered a near fatal accident when he lost both hands which were crushed in a metal pressing machine in 2013. He is now the world’s first man to have a double transplant. This will also be the UKs second man to get a hand transplant. Chris King is well and recovering at Leeds general infirmary. Incidentally the first hand transplant recipient was Mark Cahill whose surgery was also performed by the same doctor who worked on Mr. King.

1 Ecstatic over receiving new hands

Medical authorities at the specialist center for the operation have not released any information regarding the donor of the limbs due to issues of confidentiality. However Mr. Chris King from Rossington South Yorkshire felt he was feeling tremendous and just couldn’t wait for the bandages to be removed. In fact he can already feel movement in his hands.

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For the last three years, Chris King had adapted to a life with no hands. After his operation he ws ecstatic exclaiming “they’re my hands, they’re my hands, my blood’s running through them”. He was especially thankful to Doctor Simon Kay the team leader responsible for the fascinating surgery at Leeds general.

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2 Hands were received from a donor who loved helping other people

Chris King remembers his ordeal where he had to wear special Velcro shirts. He even made a cycle modified to suit his disability so that he could continue his hobby of cycling. Though he remembered the trauma of the accident he felt no pain or discomfort and had actually resumed work at the same firm where the accident took place which was Eaton Lighting in Doncaster.

Chris King never really gave up hope. His surgeons at Sheffield referred him to surgeon doctor Simon Kay at Leeds general infirmary. Doctor Simon then introduced Chris to Mark Cahill who was the first person to undergo a hand transplant in the UK. Cahill encouraged King to explore the option of reconstructive surgery and it was then that King decided to go ahead. Although the Limb donors name was kept confidential, his family remarked that they were extremely proud of him. Though he is no more, his brother exclaimed that he was one of the kindest souls who went out of his way to help others. Most of his organs and limbs were donated as per his wishes al because he wanted to do something for humanity.

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3 A Complicated and Grueling Surgery

Hand transplant surgery is extremely complex and just 80 have been carried out in the world so far. Chris King becomes the world’s first double hand transplant where a successful operation will allow a patent to move has hand as if it were his own. The operation itself takes up to 12 hours where separate teams of surgeons work on both the donor and the recipient.

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The bones are joined with titanium plates and screws which unlike a broken bone are not removed to ensure perfect stability. Once stabilized, the main muscle tendons, tissues, and blood vessels are connected. Once there is an effective blood circulation, the remaining muscle tissue, nerves and tendons are attached and the arm is mobile as if it were an original. Feeling too is gradually experienced and so is the sensation of warmth or pain from injury.

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4 First hand transplant surgery without public funding

Hand transplant surgery for one hand generally costs up to 55.000 pounds where rehabilitation may take up to a year. for a patient to receive a hand transplant he or she should have compatible factors such as matching blood group, hand size and even skin complexion and tone. Patients are also required to undergo an evaluation process taking in to account psychological and physical factors. The majority of patient receiving hand transplants usually resume work and experienced a better quality of life soon after.

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The remarkable aspect of Doctor Simon Kay and his amazing team of surgeons at Leeds general infirmary is that this was the world’s first hand transplant surgery without public funding. Doctor Kay also remarked how Chris King had undergone an evaluation of two years before the path breaking surgery. Kay was confident that King would soon regain all feeling and fluid mobility in his new hands.

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