Spanish doctor carries out first ever double-leg transplant

17:24, July 12, 2011      

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A Spanish doctor this Monday finished the first ever double-leg transplant in a hospital located in the city of Valencia.

Doctor Pedro Cavadas carried out the operation, which began on Sunday night and ended on Monday morning, in the hospital, Universitari I Politcnic la Fe in Valencia.

It is the first time that a procedure of this kind has been carried out and the operation, which has been described as "highly complex" was done with a team of professionals from the Pedro Cavades Foundation and the Valencia regional authority as well as the Spanish National Transplant Organization.

Dr Cavadas has commented that he will be able to give more information when 48 hours have passed and the patient's evolution permits.

The hospital has asked for confidentiality for both the patient who has received the legs, and also for the donor and their family.

This operation is the latest in a long line of pioneering transplant operations carried out by Dr Cavadas.

In 2009, he performed the world's first face transplant including tongue and jawbone on a 43-year-old man. In 2006, he was also responsible for the first double forearm transplant on a woman. And in 2008, he was also able to perform an operation to sew the right leg back onto a 21-year-old man who had had it amputated in a workplace accident.

Spanish Health Minister, Leire Pajin gave the doctor a praise, saying that his work opened a door of hope for other patients who suffered similar injuries.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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