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She Got New Hands. But at What Cost?

Writing for 'Wired,' David Dobbs dives into the world of hand transplants

(Newser) - After losing your hands, what would you be willing to do to tie your own shoes again, or brush a stray hair off your forehead? Would you risk kidney failure? It's one of the questions underpinning David Dobbs' lengthy piece in Wired on hand transplants, which are currently straddling... More »

Hand Transplant Recipient Regrets Having Surgery

"I can do absolutely nothing"

(Newser) - In 2009, Jeff Kepner became the first person in the US to receive a double hand transplant. Today, the 64-year-old wishes he never had the surgery. “From day one I have never been able to use my hands,” he tells Time . “I can do absolutely nothing.”... More »

Boy, 8, Is Youngest to Get New Hands

He lost them to infection when he was a toddler

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons say. Zion Harvey's forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles yesterday at a hospital news conference. He... More »

Kids Missing Both Hands to Find Hope in Boston

Boston Children's Hospital opening new transplant program

(Newser) - Only one child is known to have received a hand transplant—in Malaysia in 2000—but that will soon change when Boston Children's Hospital opens its hand transplant program for children, the world's first. As transplants of hands, legs, faces, and other non-life-saving parts of the body become... More »

Amputee Gets New Hands

Double-transplant is successful in Boston

(Newser) - Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is renowned for face transplants, but it can do miracles with hands, too: A 65-year-old who lost his lower arms to a blood infection got a new set in a successful double-transplant, reports the Boston Globe . “It’s just like you can... More »

Chimp Victim Leaves Hospital After 15 Months

Charla Nash hopes to undergo additional reconstructive surgery

(Newser) - Charla Nash, who was mauled and blinded by a friend’s chimpanzee in February 2009, left the Cleveland Clinic yesterday. She “has made great progress in her recovery,” the hospital said in a statement. Nash will continue rehabilitation at a Boston-area assisted-living center and hopes to undergo more... More »

Superbug Kills Face, Hand Transplant Patient

(Newser) - A French man who received a groundbreaking face and double hand transplant to repair damage from severe burns has died from a massive infection, reports the Independent. The patient, 30, suffered a heart attack during surgery to battle a super bug invasion in his face. Despite the problem, his body... More »

Burn Victim Gets New Face, Hands

Landmark operation in clinic where docs performed world's first face transplant

(Newser) - A burn victim has received a new face and hands in a ground-breaking transplant surgery in France, reports the Times of London. A team of 40 doctors worked 30 hours in the same Paris hospital that performed the world's first face transplant in 2005 and first hand transplant in 1998.... More »

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