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Prof Kay: Hand transplant patient was 'well counselled'


Mark Cahill from Halifax, a 51-year-old man from Leeds has received the UK's first hand transplant operation.

A surgical team from Leeds General Infirmary carried out the complex eight-hour operation on the 27 December 2012.

Professor Simon Kay, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary, led the team and said that Mr Cahill "was very well counselled."

He continued: "We went very carefully into the medical, the surgical and the psychological aspects, over many visits."

"If all goes well... within 18 months... Mr Cahill will have good sensibility in the hand, good ability to feel, and he'll have a precision pinch."

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