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Boston hospital performs double hand transplant

Double hand transplant recipient Richard Mangino, 65, of Revere, Mass., bottom, smiles as he is patted on the shoulder by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at Brigham Women's Hopsital, following a news conference at the hospital, in Boston, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Last week, a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses and support staff at the hospital worked for more than 12 hours performing a bilateral hand transplant on Mangino. Double hand transplant recipient Richard Mangino, 65, of Revere, Mass., bottom, smiles as he is patted on the shoulder by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at Brigham Women's Hopsital, following a news conference at the hospital, in Boston, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Last week, a team of more than 40 surgeons, nurses and support staff at the hospital worked for more than 12 hours performing a bilateral hand transplant on Mangino. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
By Denise Lavoie
Associated Press / October 14, 2011

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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.

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