Man has world's first double arm and shoulder transplant decades after accident

Man has world's first double arm and shoulder transplant decades after accident

An Icelandic man has received the world’s first double arm and shoulder transplant more than 20 years after a devastating accident that forced doctors to amputate.

Felix Gretarsson, 48, is said to be recovering well after going under the knife for the pioneering 14-hour surgery nine days ago in Lyon, France.

The operation has been hailed as a success although doctors are waiting to see how the dad-of-two responds.

But it will be a ‘life-changer’ if he can ‘recover the possibility to actively bend his elbow’, lead surgeon Aram Gazarian told a news conference yesterday.

He added: ‘Giving a little to somebody who was missing so much, that is already a lot.’

Mr Gretarsson posted a picture on Facebook yesterday appearing to show him in a hospital bed holding the hands of medical staff.

Undergoing the operation was his ‘greatest dream’, his wife, Sylwia, told reporters.

He said: ‘For the next four years, my life only got worse.

‘But fortunately, there came a day of awakening. I realised I was much stronger than I thought and the world is full of good people who can help us navigate our difficulties.’

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