A Chinese man who had his right hand grafted to his ankle after he lost the hand in an accident at work has had it reattached successfully.
Xiao Wei had an accident in November, which severed his right hand completely and was taken to a hospital in Changsha, Hunan province, where he underwent reattachment surgery.
Doctors at the hospital he was taken to immediately after the accident had initially told him that there were not able to save his limb.
“I was just shocked and frozen to the spot, until colleagues unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital. Xiao Wei said.
“I am still young, and I couldn’t imagine life without a right hand.”
Solution was however, offered by doctors at a larger hospital who opted to sew the severed hand to his ankle to stop it from withering while his other injuries were being treated.
Wei’s doctor told Rex Features: “His injury was severe. Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened. We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery.”
Few weeks after the accident, Xiao Wei was well enough to undergo reattachment surgery.
Doctors are hopeful he will regain full function of his hand after undergoing several other medical procedures scheduled for the coming weeks.