Double Arm Transplant

November 30, 2013 by  

Double Arm Transplant, A Mexican man who lost both his arms to severe burns has told how a double arm transplant has transformed his life.

Gabriel Granados had to have both limbs amputated just below the elbow after receiving a severe electrical shock.

Last May he became the first patient in Latin America to receive a double arm transplant.

Nearly 20 medics, including five plastic surgeons, five nurses and three anaesthetists, performed a marathon 17-hour operation to attach two arms donated by the family of a 34-year-old shooting victim.

Now, a year on, he has spoken about the ‘new lease of life’ the operation has given him – and says he is extremely grateful to the donor’s family.

Thanks to extensive rehabilitation such as physiotherapy at Mexico City’s Nutrition Hospital, he has also recovered the majority of movement in his arms.

Even a month after the operation, he told a news conference that the transplant was ‘terrific’ and that he has begun to feel his new hands. Before the surgery, doctors say they practiced the procedure on corpses.

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