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Quadruple limb transplant fails

Published 27/02/2012 | 10:34

Doctors in Turkey say a patient's arms and legs were removed following an unsuccessful quadruple limb transplant
Doctors in Turkey say a patient's arms and legs were removed following an unsuccessful quadruple limb transplant

The world's first quadruple limb transplant has failed, a Turkish hospital has said.

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Hacettepe University said doctors had to remove two arms and two legs which were transplanted on 27-year-old Sevket Cavdar because of tissue incompatibility.

Doctors attached the limbs to Mr Cavdar on Friday night. He lost his own arms and legs when he was accidentally electrocuted in 1998.

The operation followed a failed triple limb transplant two months ago at another hospital in the southern city of Antalya.

Doctors there were forced to remove a leg from a patient, also due to tissue incompatibility. The same patient also received two arms.

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