advertisement
12 July 2011

Double leg transplant in Spain

A Spanish medical team has carried out the world's first double leg transplant, hospital sources said in the eastern city of Valencia.

0

A Spanish medical team has carried out the world's first double leg transplant, hospital sources said in the eastern city of Valencia.
The young patient could not use prostheses, making a transplant the only alternative to him spending his life in a wheelchair, medical team leader Pedro Cavadas said.

The operation was authorized in May 2010, but the medical team needed to wait for a donor.

The operation, which lasted an entire night, was performed at Valencia's La Fe hospital. Cavadas has also previously carried out face and arm transplants.

The main difficulty in leg transplants is getting the nerves to function properly, the daily El Mundo said on its website.

(Sapa, July 2011)

Read more:

Arm transplant

Face transplant

 

 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Your health »

How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle

Are you healthy?

Tell us about your health and you could win R5000.

Up for grabs »

Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash!

Win an energy-saving Spindel

Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!