Friday, July 22, 2016

Britain's first double-hand transplant patient says he feels 'whole again'

THE INDEPENDENT | Dave Higgens
Britain's first double-hand transplant patient Chris King PA

The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing shirts with real buttons.

Chris King, 57, lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.

Now Mr King has become the second person to have a hand transplant at the UK's specialist centre for the operation at Leeds General Infirmary, and the first to have both hands replaced.

Recovering after the surgery, he said: "I couldn't wish for anything better.

"It's better than a lottery win because you feel whole again."

Mr King, who is single and from Rossington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, said the operation appears to have been a complete success.

He said he already has some movement. Continue reading
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