Doctors in China saved a man’s hand severed in an industrial accident — by grafting it onto his ankle for a month.
A factory worker known as Zhou lost his left hand to a spinning blade machine, reports The Independent.
Surgeons at Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, couldn’t reattach it immediately because severed nerves and tendons needed to heal.
The hand was sewn onto Zhou’s leg to keep it “alive” until the arm was ready.
Dr. Tang Juyu, head of microsurgery at the hospital, tells The Telegraph: “Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but the time is even shorter for a separated limb.”
As for Zhou? The feeling in his fingers has returned, but months of rehabilitation remain.