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Doctors Attach Man's Hand To His Calf

Francesca Bessey |
December 18, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

(Screenshot, CNN)
(Screenshot, CNN)
When Chinese worker Xie Wei accidentally cut off his own hand while operating a machine, he figured saving it was worth a try.

After it had been carried around for seven hours in a cooler of ice, doctors were unable to reattach the hand to his wrist.

So, they stuck it on his calf instead.

No really. Dr. Tang Juyu, who performed the procedure, chose to attach Xie's hand to his calf where it could get a good blood supply while Xie's arm was healing. One month later, Tang amputated the misplaced hand and reattached it to Xie's wrist. The hand is recovering well and doctors expect Xie to regain full use of it within six months.

Tang also reports a previous success with this procedure in 2004, where he grafted a hand onto a patient's belly.


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