The operation signals the start of a small intestine transplant programme at Addenbrooke's, according to a hospital spokesman. It offers hope to many people - most of them young - whose lives are disrupted by injury or disease of the small bowel which has left them unable to eat and digest food normally. Many rely on intravenous feeding.
The first small intestine transplant in Europe has been carried out at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The recipient, a married man in his thirties, is now in intensive care. His condition is said to be stable.