Medicine has proven once again how amazing it is, after pictures emerged of one man from China, who saw his hand severed.
After being rushed to Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, doctors worked around the clock to perform an amazing operation to try and save his hand, connecting it to his leg.
The idea was that the hand would be ‘kept alive’ and attaching it to the leg allows the tissue to remain salvageable while the tendons and nerves heal.
Dr Tang claimed:
Under normal temperatures, a severed finger needs to resume blood supply within 10 hours, but that time is even shorter for a separated limb. If a limb is short of blood for too long, its tissues die and it will be unsalvageable.
It took a month for the tendons and nerves in the hand to heal to the extent that it could be attached back on to his arm, and obviously there will be months of rehab involved with the hand after the mammoth ten hour operation, but the fact that he has any chance of having an operational hand at all shows how far medical technology has come.