Canada's first hand transplant
This is a pretty amazing story about a woman who had a forearm and hand transplant this past January. Here are some quick clips from the story reported on cbc.ca:
-Maryam Zolfi's left arm was severed below the elbow in a car accident.
-While many hand transplants had been done in the U.S. since the first in that country was performed in 1999 — more than 100 have been completed worldwide — Canadian doctors had not yet attempted the operation.
-Doctors at Toronto Western Hospital were looking for a candidate for what would be the country's pioneering foray into the complex surgery.
-On Jan. 7, a team of 18 surgeons began what would be a 14-hour operation to attach the forearm of a deceased female donor whose age, skin colour, size and blood type were a match for Zolfi.
-Five months later, Zolfi has sensation and movement in her new forearm, and she's starting to get both in her hand and thumb.
"I can move my fingers. I can hold a cup in my hand or I can pick up and drop something," she said, demonstrating with the word "my" how much the donor limb has been integrated into her psyche.