Boston hospital performs double hand transplant
BOSTON—A Massachusetts man who had a double hand transplant says the first thing he wants to do is touch his grandsons' faces and stroke their hair.
Richard Mangino of Revere lost his arms below the elbows and lost his legs below the knees after contracting sepsis in 2002.
Last week, a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses and support staff at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for more than 12 hours performing a bilateral hand transplant.
The 65-year-old Mangino said Friday he feels like a bird that has suddenly regained its wings. Doctors said it will take months for his sensory functions to return.
The donor's name was not disclosed. The hospital performed its first double hand transplant on May. Several other U.S. hospitals have performed similar operations.