A hospital in Hunan has yet again successfully helped a patient to reattach his severed hand to his arm after it was preserved by being grafted to his leg, Xiaoxiang Morning News reports last Wednesday.
Tang Juyu, the head of the hand microsurgery department at Xiangya Hospital, told reporters that the man, surnamed Zhou, has just recently been discharged but still needs further rehabilitation, as he can only make slight movement with his fingers.
Indeed it was the second time the hospital has carried out this kind of surgical operation, after their first success in December 2013.
At around 3:00 p.m. on May 5, Zhou got his left hand stuck between the helical blades of a vehicle while working, breaking his whole left forearm.
He was told by a local hospital that amputation was a must, but was later transferred to the more advanced Xiangya Hospital where doctors claimed they could first graft his severed hand to his leg to ensure blood supply before reattaching it.
“In normal temperatures, a severed finger should resume blood supply within 10 hours. The time is even shorter for a separated limb,” Tang said, adding that the tissues would die if it was cut off from blood supply for too long.
That night, nearly 10 surgeons carried out operations on Zhou to graft his hand to his ankle. Around one month later, surgeons performed a 10-hour surgery to restore the hand to its original limb.
By Joyce Ng
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