Dr. Tang Juyu, left, of the Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, in central China, led a surgical team that grafted a patient's severed hand to his leg. The patient, an industrial worker identified as Mr. Zhou, are shown following the grafting operation.
A man in China, identified as Mr. Zhou, lost his left hand in an industrial accident. It was grafted to his lower calf and connected to blood vessels in the region to keep the tissue alive.
Zhou, lost his entire left hand several weeks ago in a spinning blade machine in the factory where he was working.
There are big risks to grafting a hand as in Zhou's case. The tissue in the hand and arm also had to be rebuilt and this procedure could fail.
After about a month, the blood vessels and tendons in Zhou's arm healed and the doctors reattached the appendage to its original limb.
Zhou has been reported to be able to move his fingers a little bit, and he will continue rehab to try to recover full use of the hand again.
An X-ray of Zhou's left arm after his hand was reattached.
In 2013, Dr. Tang suggested a similar treatment for Xiao Wei when he lost his right hand in a work accident. They were able to save it by grafting it to his ankle. The hand was reattached after his arm healed enough for the surgery.