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Hospital performs double hand transplant

Post  mermaid on Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:11 am

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Hospital performs double hand transplant

October 14, 2011BOSTON - A Massachusetts man who had a double hand transplant says the first thing he wants to do is touch his grandsons' faces and stroke their hair.

Richard Mangino of Revere lost his arms below the elbows and legs below the knees after contracting sepsis in 2002.

More Times Breaking NewsLast week, a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses and support staff at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for more than 12 hours performing a bilateral hand transplant.

At a news conference Friday, the 65-year-old Mangino said he feels like a bird who has suddenly regained its wings.

Doctors said it will take months for Mangino to regain sensory function,

The donor's name was not made public.

The hospital performed its first double hand transplant on May. Several other U.S. hospitals have performed similar operations.

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