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Chen Zhongwei, pioneer in reattaching limbs

BEIJING -- Chen Zhongwei, a Chinese surgeon who was a pioneer in the process of reattaching severed limbs, died Tuesday in an accidental fall. He was 74. Mr. Chen was born in 1929 in the southeastern province of Zhejiang. In 1963, he and a team of doctors at the Shanghai No. 6 Hospital successfully reattached the severed right hand of an injured factory worker -- the first operation of its kind in China, state media said. He developed several techniques for reattaching severed fingers. Mr. Chen also worked with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was a guest professor at Harvard University, New York University, and Oxford University, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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