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December 17, 2013

Video: Severed hand kept alive on man's ankle

A month later, surgeons were able to remove the hand and replant it back on his arm

BBC News

CHINA — Chinese doctors have saved a man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, it is reported.

Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident at work but could not have it reattached to his arm right away. Instead, the hand was kept alive by stitching it to Mr. Wei's left ankle and "borrowing" a blood supply from arteries in the leg.

A month later, surgeons were able to remove the hand and replant it back on his arm, according to Rex Features. According to the report, Mr. Wei's doctors from the Changsha region say he will need to undergo several other operations but they are hopeful that he will regain full function of his hand.

Full story: Severed hand kept alive on man's ankle

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