First ever double leg transplant
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first double leg transplant, giving new lower limbs to a patient who lost both legs at mid-thigh in an accident.
The Valencia regional government said yesterday that the surgical team was led by Dr Pedro Cavadas, who in 2009 carried out Spain's first face transplant.
The statement said the operation, at La Fe hospital in Valencia, was extremely complex.
"Today we can say a landmark has been reached," said Dr Rafael Matesanz, director of the National Transplant Organisation.
Another official said the operation began on Sunday night, and lasted about 13 or 14 hours. The official said that if the limbs are rejected, it would happen immediately.
The operation was approved in 2010 and since then, doctors have been waiting for legs to be donated. No information was given on the donor or the recipient.
- 1 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 2 Fifa corruption: Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018
- 3 How much sex should I be having?
- 4 Jaden Smith wears gender fluid dress to high school prom with Hunger Games actress
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reveals new look on Vanity Fair cover
Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea 'posing danger to stability'
Ed Miliband returns to the backbenches but it's all a bit awkward as he tries to avoid eye-contact with fellow Labour MPs
Photographer who performed naked shoot in China's Forbidden City sparks outrage
Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
£25000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are a leading supplier of bu...
£28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This innovative, fast growing f...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is looking for a Jun...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...