Kochi: A Kochi hospital became the first medical institution in Asia to transplant both arms above the elbow. The transplant was done on a 19-year-old girl at the Amrita Hospital where India’s first hand transplant was done in 2015. Since then the hospital in Kerala has performed four hand transplants.
So far only nine upper arm transplants have been done across the world, according to doctors at the Amrita Hospital.The recipient, chemical engineering student Shreya Siddanagowda, had lost both her arms when her hands above the elbow were crushed as the bus in which she was travelling overturned.
Meanwhile, she had been using prosthetic hands but did not like it as they did not allow her to do her daily chores. Her wait for donor-hands ended in August when the family of a 20-year-old college student, who was declared brain dead after a motorcycle accident, readily agreed to donate his hands and other organs. The surgery team included 20 surgeons and 16 anesthetists. The surgery lasted for 13 hours.