KOCHI: In a sixteen-hour major surgery, a youth who had lost both hands received limbs from a 24-year-old youth who died in an accident.
This is understood to be the first of its kind in the country. The hand transplant was undertaken in AIMS, Kochi.
Manu, 30, of Idukki district met with that fateful day, a year ago. While travelling in a train he was assaulted by a group who eventually threw him out of the train. His limbs got trapped under the wheels of the train. He got it from Benoy, native from Varappuzha. He was declared brain dead on Sunday and his family agreed to donate the limbs. The surgery was led by Dr Subramania Iyer, head and neck department of AIMS.