First Double Leg Transplant Patient Loses Legs
Unrelated illness forces him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
Dr. Pedro Cavadas, who led the team that carried out the first double leg transplant, listens during a press conference in La Fe hospital in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday, July 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante)

(Newser) – A sad ending to the story of the first double leg transplant: The unnamed patient had to have his new legs, which were transplanted almost two years ago, amputated. The man, who initially lost his legs in a road accident and was in his 20s at the time of the transplant, got sick and was forced to stop taking the immuno-suppressant anti-rejection drugs he was meant to be on for the rest of his life, a Spanish hospital says. No word on the illness, which was not related to the transplant, but doctors said treating it was "more urgent" than keeping the legs, the BBC reports.