Going out on a limb

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Doctors in China saved a man’s hand severed in an industrial accident — by grafting it onto his ankle for a month.

It's not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker's hand was saved in 2013 at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

It’s not the first time that Chinese surgeons have attempted the procedure. Another factory worker’s hand was saved in 2013   at a hospital in Changde, also in Hunan province.

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.

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Life after death: Clinically dead remained conscious, study shows

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What happens when you die? A lot, according to a study in Resuscitation.

Heart attack victims have been able to give researchers detailed descriptions about what they heard, saw and felt while clinically dead.

Some saw the near-death experience cliche, a bright light. Some felt terrified. Some had the sensation of being dragged through floodwaters or being burned. Some had out-of-body experiences, and in one case, what a patient “witnessed” was able to be validated, proving that it wasn’t an hallucination. Continue reading

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