It sounds like an operation straight out of the workshop of Dr. Frankenstein — but this frightening looking procedure saved a man’s hand. We want to warn you, some viewers may find the images in this story graphic.


After losing his hand, Chinese factory worker Xie Wei had the detached extremity reattached, but not where it’s normally found.

 


“A worker in China had his right hand cut off in a machine last month. At first doctors thought they could not save it, but grafted the hand to the man’s ankle.”


Immediately after the accident the man went to a nearby hospital where doctors told him they would not be able to save the limb. He then spent the next seven hours looking for a doctor who could — all the while with his own severed hand in a plastic bag or in a cooler on ice.  


Eventually, he found a specialist who had performed similar surgery before — reportedly saving another man’s hand by grafting it to his stomach.


As Voxxi reports, “After more than seven hours of searching for help, Wei finally went under anesthesia, waking up to find his once-severed hand now attached to his calf.”


As you can imagine the man was shocked when he came to. He said his hand, which was not attached to nerves in his leg, felt numb — his leg, heavier than usual.


A little over a month later doctors said Xie’s arm had healed enough and proceeded to reattach the hand in its rightful place last week.  


Speaking to reporters while still in the hospital Xie said, “I just thought it was miraculous. I would never have thought that my hand could be saved.”

 

 


Despite going without a blood supply for several hours doctors now expect the hand to fully recover over the next six months. Xie says he can twist his hand but doesn’t yet have full movement.


As strange as it sounds, stashing body parts in different areas to heal isn’t all that out of the ordinary.


Doctors in Baltimore grew a new ear on a woman’s arm after an aggressive form of cancer forced the removal of part of her original ear.


And highlighting a procedure that grew a man’s replacement nose on his forehead, LiveScience says, despite its extreme appearance, this method is really just a variation of plastic surgery techniques used all the time.”   


The company Xie worked for did pick up the $50,000 bill for his surgery, but we think all the thanks goes to the doctors. Xie will likely want to give them a high five — when he’s healed of course.


Man's Severed Hand Saved By Grafting It To His Ankle

by Danny Matteson
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Dec 18, 2013

Man's Severed Hand Saved By Grafting It To His Ankle

(Image source: WQAD)

BY Danny Matteson

​It sounds like an operation straight out of the workshop of Dr. Frankenstein — but this frightening-looking procedure you're about to see saved a man's hand. We want to warn you, some viewers might find the images in this story a bit graphic.


After losing his hand, Chinese factory worker Xie Wei had the detached extremity reattached, but not where it's normally found. (Via WQAD)


"A worker in China had his right hand cut off in a machine last month. At first doctors thought they could not save it but grafted the hand to the man's ankle." (Via CNN)


He'd spent seven hours looking for a doctor who could reattach his severed hand — all while with it in a plastic bag in a cooler on ice. (Via WXIX)


Eventually, he found a specialist who had performed a similar surgery before — reportedly saving another man's hand by grafting it to his stomach. (Via The Irish Independent


As Voxxi reports, "[He] finally went under anesthesia, waking up to find his once-severed hand now attached to his calf."


As you can imagine, the man was shocked when he came to. He said his hand, which was not attached to nerves in his leg, felt numb — his leg, heavier than usual.


A little over a month later, doctors said Xie's arm had healed enough and proceeded to reattach the hand in its rightful place last week. (Via KSDK)  


Speaking to reporters while still in the hospital, Xie said: "I just thought it was miraculous. I would never have thought that my hand could be saved." (Via The Telegraph)


Despite going without a blood supply for several hours, doctors now expect the hand to fully recover over the next six months. Xie says he can twist his hand but doesn't yet have full movement. (Via Daily Mirror)


As strange as it sounds, attaching body parts in different areas to heal isn't all that out of the ordinary.


Doctors in Baltimore grew a new ear on a woman's arm after an aggressive form of cancer forced the removal of part of her original ear. (Via WJZ-TV)


And highlighting a procedure that grew a man's replacement nose on his forehead, LiveScience says, "despite its extreme appearance, this method is really just a variation of plastic surgery techniques used all the time."


The company Xie worked for did pick up the $50,000 bill for his surgery, but we think most of the credit goes to the doctors. Xie will likely want to give them a high-five — when he's healed, of course.

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