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Girl's hand grafted on to her leg

By T.K. Randall
November 20, 2010 · Comment icon 18 comments

Image Credit: Kristopher Wilson
A nine-year-old whose hand was severed in an accident had it surgically attached to her leg.
The move was designed to keep the hand alive until it could be re-attached to her arm, three months later surgeons went ahead with the operation to reunite her arm with her hand with encouraging results.
In July, nine-year-old Ming Li lost her hand in a tractor accident. Her arm was too damaged to reattach it, so they grafted it to her leg instead. Three months later, her hand's back on her arm and regaining function.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (18)

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Comment icon #9 Posted by emberlake 13 years ago
Amazing! I agree Modern medicine is wonderful.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Pol_Pot_Lives_Again 13 years ago
Thats a real knee-slapper!
Comment icon #11 Posted by snuffypuffer 13 years ago
What? Holy hell, that's amazing.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Kitana2010 13 years ago
Wow, Thats amazing! But I bet it causes quite a bit of mental trama. I mean, think about it, waking up in the hospital, looking down and seeing your hand sticking out of your leg? lol. I'd probably think I fell into a batch of radioactive waste and mutated! haha
Comment icon #13 Posted by Metalhead 13 years ago
I agree with you all. Thank (insert preferred god, gods, or supreme being here) for modern medicine!
Comment icon #14 Posted by Metalhead 13 years ago
One thing though. Do you think we have the knowledge and technology to add functioning limbs to the human body in a place where they shouldnt be, like Goro or Kintaro from Mortal Kombat?
Comment icon #15 Posted by booNyzarC 13 years ago
I know it's been said already... but this story is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing it.
Comment icon #16 Posted by The Unseen 13 years ago
Sick,but it works.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Copasetic 13 years ago
Wow. You can attach severed limbs to parts of the body where they don't belong to (even if they aren't functional there)? Yes, you basically make a skin graft with the two parts and then do microsurgery to attach the blood vessels. Which is the whole point of putting the hand/arm/misplaced body part on the body in a different position. By grafting into a blood supply that limb is able to be perfused with blood and survive while its place of origin heals enough for a reattachment surgery. There's a common misconception that neurons don't ever regrow. Only neurons of the central nervous system d... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by ZidaneTribal 13 years ago
amazing............ .

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