First man to have a double hand transplant can now write, make tea and pull a pint

INEWS UK | Pasquale Hughes
Chris King is the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant. Photo: PA
Twelve months ago, Chris King’s hands stopped halfway across the palm, following an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work. Today, a year on from the first double hand transplant operation in the UK, he can write, make tea, garden and pull a pint.

“It’s been going fantastically,” the 57-year-old from Rossington, Doncaster, says. “I can make a fist, I can hold a pen, I can do more or less the same as I could with my original hands.”

For four years, Mr King had effectively lived without his hands, including wearing shirts with Velcro fastenings. He was then introduced to consultant plastic surgeon Professor Simon Kay, who led eight other surgeons in a 12-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary.

Mr King says one of the best things is wearing shirts with buttons again; his next aim is to tie his shoelaces. He has also discovered that he may be ambidextrous. “When I picked up a pen the first time, it was with my right hand,” he says. “The next time I picked it up, it was with my left. I might be able to write with both hands now.” Continue reading
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