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Double Arm Transplant For Severe Burn Victim
A Mexican man whose arms were severely burned in an electrical accident has become the first patient in Latin America to receive a double arm transplant.
Gabriel Granados, whose arms were amputated just below the elbow, received the limbs of a 34-year-old shooting victim.
The father-of-two told a news conference that the transplant was "terrific" and that he had begun to feel his new hands.
"This is wonderful that after being without hands for some time, all of a sudden I see new hands," he said.
Mr Granados, 52, injured his arms in January 2011, after he received an electrical shock while giving instructions to a group of construction workers building a fence.
The surgery was performed by Dr Martin Iglesias, head of the surgical team at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition (INCMN), in Mexico City, in early May.
Mr Granados, who is an agent in the financial unit of Mexico City's prosecutors' office, was discharged from hospital on Thursday.
Doctors said he had recovered well.
"This is a very special day for Mexico from a scientific point of view," said Dr Fernando Gabilondo, director of INCMN.
Before the surgery, doctors said they practiced the procedure on corpses.
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what do you think?
A double arm transplant now That's handy.....
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I wonder if there will be a load of second hand shops opening up in mexico
Sounds like a armless procedure to me!
If this could be done in Britain think of all the BRAVE SOLDIERS that could benifit from this operation.
Apart from all the very funny jokes (lol) , this really is amazing and has fantastic potential as John says..... If that progresses to legs too just think of all people not just soldiers who's lives will be transformed. Im not sure anyone will want my legs or arms but you never know lol
This a great thing that could save alot of people that have been injured through accident or war but the sad side is someone has to die for this to work i would also imagen the level of cell rejection is high much like any transplant i just hope for him it all goes smoothly. It would be great for those in the UK that have had limbs amputated if this procedure was atempted however it all relies on someone dieing and sadly even current organ donars are droping rapidly as is blood donations and more and more seem to be rejecting the idea of donating there organs so sadly unless this atitude changes transplants of this level would not be practical. An alternative is stemcell research where they have recently grown a human ear and even a human finger down side of this is it takes to long. If more money was given they could perfect this stemcell tech and could create a sort of grown to order prossess
Stemcell research is the way forward but to many people are againist it screw ethics if it improves the life of someone thenlets go for it