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UK's first operation 'tremendous' success

July 21, 2016 3:24 pm

The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”.

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

He received two new hands from a donor and says he already has some movement in them.

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Prof Simon Kay led the operation at the UK’s centre for hand transplants.

Mr King, who is 57, is the second person to have a hand transplant at Leeds, and the first to have both hands replaced.

He said: “I couldn’t wish for anything better. It’s better than a lottery win because you feel whole again.”

Mr King said the operation, which took place in the past few days, appeared to have been a complete success.

“They look absolutely tremendous,” he said.

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