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India’s First Hand Transplant by AIMS Gets Thumbs-up by Global Experts

The transplantation of hand by Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), in January for the first time in India, has received applaud from all over the globe that the institute’s success is attracting many global visitors.

Warren C Breidenbach, chief of the reconstructive and plastic surgery division at the University of Arizona, who visited the AIMS lauded the doctors, who led the 16-hour successful surgery.Since both the blood group and lymphocyte of the donor and recipient matched, doctors were confident it would go as the first hand transplant in Indian history.

Bredenbach said, “Hand transplantation is rare in India as donation of hand is yet to became a common practice here… Organ donation, including hand, has become common in Western countries. Our team has performed 86 surgeries in America and Europe alone,” he said.

India’s first hand transplant has been carried out in 110 cases all over world and it is a rare surgery. AIMS has conducted the surgery in January on a 30-year-old youth, who had lost his hands in a train accident.

The transplanted organ was taken from a brain-dead 24-year-old accident victim with same bloood group, was fixed for Manu from Thodupuzha in Idukki District of Kerala.

The transplanted hand will take a year to become 90% normal though some small muscles may not be equally functional as the case in a normal hand.
Dr Subramania Iyer

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