Doctors in China saved a man’s hand by graphing it to his ankle.
Xie Wei accidentally cut off his hand while working in his family workshop in China. Doctors temporarily reattached it to the area around his ankle and calf so the rest of his arm could heal properly. Doctors chose the ankle-calf area because it has good blood supply for the hand.
One month later, Xie had another surgery in which doctors reattached his hand to its proper place. The second surgery had its complications but everything went smoothly. Doctors expect a full recovery for the nerves in his hand. Healing time is expected to take about six months.
So far about 20 of surgeries similar to Xie’s have taken place in China and all have been successful, including graphing a hand to a patient’s belly.