To save a man’s hand which was severed in an industrial accident, surgeons in China restored it by grafting it onto the man’s ankle for a month before re-attaching it to his arm, reports Telegraph
A worker, named only as Mr. Zhou, lost his left hand when it was completely severed by a spinning blade machine at the factory where he worked.
The injuries to his arm were so severe that the surgical team, headed by Dr. Tang Juyu believed that time had to be allowed for nerves and tendons to heal. But the delay would have meant Zhou would have lost the use of the hand. Dr Tang said:
“Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but that time is even shorter for a separated limb. If a limb is short of blood for too long, its tissues die and it will be unsalvageable.”
Then, in another operation lasting 10 hours, the hand was re-attached to his arm. The patient is now able to move his fingers slightly.