In A True Christmas Miracle, Doctors Operate Successfully To Give Hands To A Man Born Without Them.


In what should be called a great success, surgeons in Poland on Thursday successfully attached a hand from a deceased donor to a man born without one. It was first such case in the world.

 “It is the first graft in the world of an upper limb onto an adult with this congenital defect,” said Adam Domanasiewicz, who headed the team of surgeons at Wroclaw Medical University Hospital was quoted by AFP.

“We are talking about a man who lived 32 years without this member.”

Polish

Up to now, a similar procedure had been performed only on newborn conjoined twins in Indonesia and Canada, Domanasiewicz said. Hands have also been grafted onto patients whose own limbs were amputated.

On December 15, the transplant was performed in an operation that lasted 13 hours. The patient, identified by his first name Piotr, was all smiles after the procedure and spoke of his dream for the future.

“I’d like to be able to hug my family using both hands. Until now I’d been using my stump,” he told private news channel TVN 24.

Though he’s only able to move his fingers, but doctors believe that he will gain more movement in his hand over time.

“This is an important breakthrough in neurophysiology and the practice of transplants because up to now it was thought that — in the case of this type of congenital defect — such grafts could not be done,” Domanasiewicz said.

The operation could open up new possibilities to hundreds of thousands of people in the world born without members whose only option to date has been prostheses, he added.

Up to now, a similar procedure had been performed only on newborn conjoined twins in Indonesia and Canada, Domanasiewicz said. Hands have also been grafted onto patients whose own limbs were amputated.

On December 15, the transplant was performed in an operation that lasted 13 hours. The patient, identified by his first name Piotr, was all smiles after the procedure and spoke of his dream for the future.

“I’d like to be able to hug my family using both hands. Until now I’d been using my stump,” he told private news channel TVN 24.

Though he’s only able to move his fingers, but doctors believe that he will gain more movement in his hand over time.

“This is an important breakthrough in neurophysiology and the practice of transplants because up to now it was thought that — in the case of this type of congenital defect — such grafts could not be done,” Domanasiewicz said.

The operation could open up new possibilities to hundreds of thousands of people in the world born without members whose only option to date has been prostheses, he added.

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