Gout victim has first hand transplant in UK
Published 04/01/2013 | 05:00
A 51-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to have a hand transplant.
Doctors at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) said Mark Cahill underwent the complex operation on December 27 when a donor hand became available.
They said a new technique was used which involved Mr Cahill who lives near Halifax in West Yorkshire, having his non-functioning right hand removed during the same operation as the donor hand was transplanted.
This procedure allowed very accurate restoration of nerve structures and is believed to be the first time this approach has been used, surgeons said.
Mr Cahill lost the use of his right hand due to severe gout.
The team has been working closely with colleagues in Lyon, France, where hand transplants were pioneered in 1998.