A German farmer has made history with the world’s first double arm transplant.
The 54-year old lost his natural arms in an accident six years ago. He was unable to do anything for himself, and fell into deep depression, so doctors decided to try the ground-breaking surgery.
“The surgery was very successful. It could not have gone better. But there is so much more to be done. We have a great responsibility to this patient. We will be with him for the rest of his life.”
The donor was a 19-year old youth from southern Germany, who died in a car accident.
The farmer remains in intensive care, but was able to send a recorded message to the press conference.
“It’s been successful,” he said. “And I hope later I will be able to answer all your questions.”
The main problem remains rejection, but doctors are optimistic the farmer will regain feeling within months.