First UK hand transplant operation 'a success'

4 January 2013

The first ever hand transplant in the UK has successfully been achieved, following a pioneering eight hour operation.

Former pub landlord Mark Cahill had lost the ability to use his right hand after it was affected by gout and put himself forward for the groundbreaking transplant.

The 51-year-old is now able to move a few of his fingers though he is still unable to feel sensation.

Regardless, it is indeed a breakthrough, as it also represented the first time that an original limb was removed intentionally in place of another.

"When I look at it and move it, it just feels like my hand," Mr Cahill said. "Right now it feels really good, it's not a lot of pain, it looks good, it looks a great match and I'm looking forward to getting it working now."

Gout is considered to be a type of arthritis, which results when crystals of sodium urate that the body produces forms inside joints. It is more common in men than women.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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