Hand transplant a Canadian first

Toronto Star | Dan Taekema

UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK The transplant of a hand and forearm lasted approximately 14 hours and involved 18 surgeons from across UHN and other hospitals.

The first successful hand transplant in Canada has been completed by a team of doctors in Toronto.

Eighteen surgeons worked for about 14 hours to attach a donated forearm and hand to a 49-year-old female who lost her arm below the elbow in an accident years ago.

“She is doing very well and seems to be very happy with the procedure,” said Dr. Steven McCabe, director of the Toronto Western Hospital's hand and upper extremity transplant program.

McCabe was part of the team that completed the first successful American hand transplant at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky in 1999.

While 110 transplants have been completed around the world, this was the first time it was done in Canada. VIDEO, continue reading.