Report by Mehr News Agency; photos by Ali Mehrabi
Members of the Tehran's 15th Khordad Hospital surgery team have successfully completed hand transplant surgery during 8.5 hours of breathtaking procedure.
Masoud Yavary in an interview with Pars health reporter said: "this transplant operation started at 5:00 Am today, in ultra specialized ward of 15th Khordad Hospital and continued until just moments ago, and the surgery is almost complete, and has been successful."
He continued: "in this transplant operation, the wrist of a 25 years old young brain dead person was transplanted to a 37 years old man who had lost his hand 6 years ago in an accident while using a meat grinder."
The Deputy of Beheshti University of Medical Sciences added: "the transplant of hand operation for one's own member have been done numerous times, and there are plenty of people who have lost their hands in an accident, and we have transplanted [their hand] back to their own body in this hospital."
"The importance of this unique operation is that for the first time in Iran, Middle East, and Eastern Mediterranean countries, we have used a hand from a brain dead person, and transplanted it to another person."
He added: "this hand transplant with all details and links to nerves, and the vessels has successfully been finished, and blood is running in the transplanted hand, but whether the man can move his transplanted hand or not? Time would tell, we need at least two weeks before we can tell."
Yavary added: "measures including chemotherapy to prevent rejection after the transplant must be continued, but the transplant has been completely successful."
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