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‘It was miraculous’: Doctors save man’s severed hand by grafting it to his ankle

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This picture taken on December 4, 2013 shows Xie Wei’s hand grafted to his ankle in a hospital in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province. Chinese doctors have saved his severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, local media reported.

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Xie Wei, 25, was at work when a drilling machine sliced off his right hand. He thought he’d lost it forever. But he got lucky.

After seven hours of searching, with his severed hand on ice with no blood supply, Xie found a hospital with the skills to save it, CNN reports.

Dr. Tang Juyu, the specialist located to help Xie, told him the best way to save the hand was to graft it to his ankle until the arm could heal enough to re-attach the hand.
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This picture taken on December 4, 2013 shows a doctor (C) checking Xie Wei’s hand grafted to his ankle in a hospital room in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province.

“I just thought it was miraculous. I would never have thought that my hand could be saved,” Xie told a Chinese news agency after the accident.

Dr. Tang told CNN that this was perhaps the 20th time an operation like this had been performed in China and that he had done a similar operation in 2004, when he grafted a patient’s hand onto his belly.
CHINA-HEALTH-HANDThis picture taken on December 4, 2013 shows a doctor checking Xie Wei’s hand grafted to his ankle in a hospital in Changsha, central China’s Hunan province.

When Xie woke up from his operation, he was reportedly surprised at the sensation.

Xie said that the hand felt warm on his leg (though no nerves were attached, so the sensation may have been psychosomatic). He told CNN that the leg otherwise felt normal, if perhaps slightly heavier.
Posted by Addisu Wond.
Source http://news.nationalpost.com/

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